Study Day at Queen Street Mill

Saturday 1st October 2022, Burnley, Lancs, BB10 2HX.

Visit the last surviving operational steam-driven 19th Century textile mill!

Highlights include:

  • Dr Jack Southern (University of Central Lancashire): ‘The history of Queen Street Cotton Mill’
  • Dr Mike Winstanley (Lancaster University): ‘Life in a Cotton Town’.
  • Guided tour of the mill
  • Café on site 

The first talk will start at 10:30.

As it is our first organised study day for over two years The Friends are subsidising this trip to encourage everyone back. Only £10 to attend (plus booking fee).


Queen Street Mill is a former weaving mill in Harlem Skye, a suburb to the north-east of Burnley, that is a Grade I listed building. It was built in 1894 for the Queen Street Manufacturing Company. It closed on 12 March 1982 and was mothballed, but was subsequently taken over by Burnley Borough Council and maintained as a museum. In the 1990s ownership passed to Lancashire Museums. Unique in being the world’s only surviving operational steam-driven weaving shed, it received an Engineering Heritage Award in November 2010.

For more information about the mill see

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