Imagine what life was like for the weavers who spent their days surrounded by the noise and dirt from the looms, who breathed in the cotton fibres and who had to learn to lip-read in order to communicate with each other.
At this unique venue visitors will find collections of national importance, including the engine, boiler house and chimney that are scheduled ancient monuments; and they will be able to experience the noise, sights and smells of the last steam powered weaving mill in the World.
In the weaving shed over 300 Lancashire looms pound away producing yards of cotton cloth for export – watch the weavers’ operating the looms then use the interactive exhibits to ‘zoom into the looms’ to see more closely how the cotton is woven and you can hear about ‘life at t’mill’ as former mill workers tell their stories.
You may not have visited Queen Street Mill yet, but I bet you’ve seen it on screen. As the mill is such a unique attraction it is often the first choice of location scouts, TV producers and film directors, so much so that over the last 10 year major dramas such as ‘North and South’ and ‘Life on Mars’ have been filmed here and the 2011 Oscar winning movie ‘The King’s Speech with Colin Firth, HelenaBonham-Carter and Geoffrey Rush used the weaving shed to shoot a key scene.
Over the Moors
Queen Street Mill stands high on the hills overlooking Briercliffe, Worsthorne Moor and Coal Clough Windfarm, it is the perfect place to start or finish a walk across the surrounding South Pennine Moors. The mill marks the end of section one and the start of section two of the Burnley Way and is the end (0r beginning) of the Brun Valley Greenway – a great route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. So get out into the fresh air and enjoy the beautiful countryside but don’t forget to stop off at The Revolution Café inside the mill after your exertions for a brew and one to the tempting homemade cakes which are a particular treat.