by John Moss
unless otherwise credited
Visitor Centre, Burnley
Manchester Road, Burnley, Lancashire BB11 1JZ. Tel: 01282-452403.
Located in the former Canal Toll House on the Leeds & Liverpool
Canal in Burnley this museum displays permanent exhibitions of the Victorian
townscape and Burnley's cotton industry. Well restored, the building
houses collections of historic photos, maps and documents illustrating
local canal history.
Summertime historic walks and trails are organised, educational visits
and parties may be catered for. Light refreshments available on site.
Canalside moorings available for boats. Open from Easter to September
from Saturday to Wednesday from 2.00pm - 4.00pm, and Sundays only in
Dock, Liverpool L3 4AQ. Tel: 01151-478 4499. Fax: 0151-478 4590.
Set in the massive and impressive Albert Docks, the Maritime Museum
is a major collection of artefacts relating to the maritime history
of Liverpool. Many original shipbuilders' models and historic ships
represented including the ill-fated Titanic. There is an imaginative
walkthrough display about 19th century travellers to the New World,
and displays and documentation on African Slavery and the trade via
England to America. The museum also has serious archive material. There
is a café and shop on site.
Open all year from 10.00am - 5.00pm daily. Closed over the Christmas
and New Year holidays.
Hill Road, Liverpool L18 5BX. Tel: 0151-724 3245.
Original home of Liverpool ship owner George Holt, Sudley House contains
his 18th and 19th century art collection, which was bequeathed in its
entirety to Liverpool Council, along with the house, by his daughter
in 1944. The collection has paintings by Romney, Gainsborough, Turner,
Corot, Landseer and by several Pre-Raphaelite painters, all set out
in a very fine Victorian interior. Tearooms on site. Open all year from
Monday to Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm and on Sundays from 12 noon - 5.00pm.
Closed Christmas and New Year
Park Museum, Macclesfield
Park, Prestbury Road, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 3BJ. Tel: 01625-619831.
Donated in 1898 by Mrs Marianne Brocklehurst to the people of Macclesfield
this museum contains a large collection of fine and decorative arts
including bird illustrations by the celebrated ornithologist Charles
Tunnicliffe RA. It also has significant collections of Egyptian artefacts
collected on Mrs Brocklehurst's many visits to Egypt in the late 19th
century. Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 1.30pm - 4.30pm.
Priory Museum &
Road, Manor Park, Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 1SX. Tel: 01928-569895.
Set in 38 acres of woodland this former Augustine Priory is best known
for its beautiful gardens and contemporary outdoor sculpture. The
excavated remains of the Priory contain exhibitions and displays about
the buildings. There are year round activities and planned events
for the family. Free parking, on site shop, picnic areas, educational
programmes, parties catered for. Pre-booking required for parties.
Special Needs provisions for the disabled. Open April to October from
12 noon - 5.00pm (6.00pm at weekends). Weekend opening only from November
to March from 12 noon - 4.00pm.
Street, Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 5BQ. Tel: 01270-627104.
Museum based on the history of the locality with special displays
on Cheshire cheese-making and local tapestries. Visiting programmes.
Open from April to September from Monday to Saturday 10.30am - 4.30pm.
From October to March, Tuesday to Saturday only.
London Road, Northwich, Cheshire CW9 8AB. Tel: 01606-41331. Fax: 01606-350420.
The complete story of the traditional Cheshire salt industries in
video, models, displays, photos and paintings as well as artefacts
used in salt production. Open Tuesday to Friday from 10.00am - 5.00pm,
Saturday and Sunday 2.00pm - 5.00pm (last entry 4.00pm).
of Liverpool Life
Textile Museum, Blackburn
Head, Liverpool L3 1PZ. Tel: 0151-478 4080. Fax: 0151-478 4090.
A complete insight into the people, history and events that have shaped
Liverpool and created so-called "Mersey Culture". Tributes
to the Beatles, the Grand national, the TV Soap "Brookside"
and its 2 great football teams. Open daily from 10.00am - 5.00pm.
Closed Christmas and New Year holidays.
Street Blackburn, Lancashire BB1 7AJ. Tel: 01254-667130. Fax: 01254-695370.
Created in 1938, this museum is a virtual memorial to the town's textile
industry. It is named after local manufacturer T B Lewis who created
it. It contains many fascinating replicas of historic textile machinery,
including John Kay's Flying Shuttle, Hargreave's Spinning Jenny, Arkwrights
Water Frame and Samuel Crompton's Mule, as well as many working weaving
frames and looms of the 19th century. Many interactive displays on
spinning and weaving designed to keep children occupied, entertained
and educated. Collections of old photographs of factory life in Blackburn
mills. Admission free. Open by appointment only from Monday to Saturday.
To book, please telephone 01254-667130.
Hill, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 1BA. Tel: 01200-42463 and 443071.
The Castle's 12th century castle keep still dominates the town of
Clitheroe and below its ramparts is a fine Georgian House which is
the Castle Museum. It houses 2 floors of exhibits. There is a gift
shop, and a small admission charge is payable on entry. Rather complicated
opening times, but, broadly, open 7 days a week from Easter to October,
11.00am - 4.30pm and 5 days a week for the remainder of the year.
You are advised to phone to check times for your proposed visit.
Own Regimental Museum, Lancaster
Square, Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 1HT. Tel: 01524-64637. Fax: 01524-841692.
The Kings Own Regiment and the 4th Foot were established in Lancaster
in 1680, and this museum keeps a complete record of the regiment's
history and has exhibitions and displays including its involvement
in battles of The Boyne, Culloden, Waterloo, The Crimea and both World
Open all year except Christmas and New Year Holidays from Monday to
Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm (last entry at 4.30pm).
Park, Haslingden Road, Rawtenstall, Rossendale, Lancashire BB4 6RE.
Tel: 01706-217777 and 226509. Fax: 01706-250037.
This museum is in a former woollen mill owner's house which was built
in 1840, and still retains all of its original character and charm.
Apart from a collection of fine art there are also Victorian drawing
room settings, furniture, costumes and a natural history gallery which
includes many stuffed animals. A local history gallery deals with
local Rossendale history from prehistoric to modern times. Guided
tours and school parties by prior arrangement. Disabled access. Refreshment
kiosk in car park. Open from 1.00pm - 4.30pm on Saturdays, Sundays,
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in summertim and from 1.00pm -
4.00 pm in winter. There are now toilets, and a lift giving access
to the upper floor. Closed Christmas and New Years Holidays. Phone
ahead to check before setting off.
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