Two huge mills, one great space to fire the imagination and stimulate the senses.
Nestling side by side in the quiet village of Helmshore in the stunning Rossendale Valley are two original Lancashire textile mills, Higher Mill and Whitaker’s Mill, together known as Helmshore Mills Textile Museum.
Discover the people and stories behind the industrial revolution
The museum divides its collections into two themed areas, representing the wool story and the cotton story. Experience our family friendly, hands-on interactives and see textile history brought to life with the waterwheel, carding engines and spinning mules. Learn how life would have been for the workers and see the spectacular spinning floor with all the same machinery as when they walked the creaking wooden floors.
Helmshore Mills Textile Museum has been used as a backdrop for numerous filming projects – from documentary, factual, topical to drama productions. See where some of your TV favourites were filmed including:
- The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby
- North and South
- Celebrity Antiques Road Trip
- Robson Green: How the North Was Built
- Great British Bake Off
- The English Game