The Weavers’ Triangle Trust, which looks after the Visitor Centre, is a registered charity.
It started life in 1977 as the Burnley Industrial Museum Action Committee to work for the preservation of the town’s heritage. We named an area along the banks of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal the Weavers’ Triangle and began to work for its conservation, eventually changing our name to the Friends of the Weavers’ Triangle.
In 1980 we opened the canal toll office at Burnley Wharf as a heritage centre. In the late 1980s, the museum expanded when we were granted occupancy of the adjacent canal agent’s house by British Waterways.
In 1993, the Weavers’ Triangle Trust was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee, with the Friends of the Weavers’ Triangle continuing as a support organisation. At the same time, we took over the engine house and chimney at nearby Oak Mount Mill.
Over the years the centre has won many local and national awards and in 1986 was honoured by a visit by the Prince of Wales who commented, “I hope we can do great things with the Weavers’ Triangle. It is an area of great potential.”
About the Visitor Centre
In 2015 the Visitor Centre celebrated its 35th Anniversary. It tells the story of the canal, cotton and the Weavers’ Triangle. Attractions include a Victorian schoolroom, Edwardian bathroom and weaver’s dwelling. There’s plenty for children to do as well such as the children’s corner, trails, quizzes and a wonderful working model fairground based on the old Burnley Fair.
Display rooms house changing exhibitions of artwork, crafts and local history. Light refreshments are available in our Victorian Parlour and you can also visit our new gift shop. Next door to the Visitor Centre, The Inn on the Wharf serves a wide range of food and drinks.
About Weaver’s Triangle
The name, Weaver’s Triangle, is due to the roughly triangular shape of the region.
If you explore the area, you will still find many buildings from the days when the town led the world in the production of cotton cloth. These include weaving sheds, spinning mills, foundries and houses. Of particular interest is Slater Terrace – an unusual row of eleven houses above a canal-side warehouse.