Friends of Queen Street Mill

Friends of Queen Street Mill See the world's only working steam powered cotton weaving mill bring the past to life. A rare chance to re-live the days when steam ran the world!

Operating as usual

One our our distant, Australian, supporters contacted me some time ago about replenishing her stock of loom woven tea to...
23/08/2021

One our our distant, Australian, supporters contacted me some time ago about replenishing her stock of loom woven tea towels. I can finally say i have retrieved 6 of these beauties and would like to send them off on their journey only…… I can’t find your address!!

Hope this message will get to you…….

To everyone else, these are really useful and made on our own QSM looms. There are a number of other wonderful items for sale in the shop so do make it a shop stop.

One our our distant, Australian, supporters contacted me some time ago about replenishing her stock of loom woven tea towels. I can finally say i have retrieved 6 of these beauties and would like to send them off on their journey only…… I can’t find your address!!

Hope this message will get to you…….

To everyone else, these are really useful and made on our own QSM looms. There are a number of other wonderful items for sale in the shop so do make it a shop stop.

Everything was going to plan…. But the best laid plans…. It is true that one should never work with animals or engines. ...
21/08/2021

Everything was going to plan…. But the best laid plans…. It is true that one should never work with animals or engines. Poor Peace, after 3 years silence, was just settling down into a rhythm when this piece split. Cleanly done, no over all damage to the old girl BUT another delay as our wizard of wonders, Aly, gently brings her back to full health.

Watch this space.

Really appreciate your friendship. Please extend that circle.

Today it was an honour to join the dedicated team of specialist technicians at QSM to light the Lancashire boiler in pre...
16/07/2021

Today it was an honour to join the dedicated team of specialist technicians at QSM to light the Lancashire boiler in preparation to our starting to steam again. We have been silent for 3 years and there was always the possibility that bureaucracy would beat us with it’s endless red tape but they are made of tougher stuff at QSM.

Thank you to everyone. Your loyalty throughout the dark times was worth it to see the this Phoenix rise from the near ashes with a spark.

21/10/2020

Have to apologize for LONG absence - so much good news to brighten a COVID blighted year.

The chimney is FIXED!!! Various tests are being carried out on the boiler,, there is some more work to be undertaken to the fabric of the boiler shed AND...... but that’s enough for now.... must spread the good news bit by bit in these days of so many unwanted surprises....

Keep safe, keep sound and speak soon...

13/11/2019

Hurah LCC .... Cabinet decision WE ARE OPEN NECX YEAR
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Please, all supporters. We need to have a properly constituted group. Any one out there prepared to be.Chairman, Secretary & treasurer. I can’t do it on my own

Take a moment & visit QSM during the Textile Biennial.... you won’t be sorry.
20/10/2019

Take a moment & visit QSM during the Textile Biennial.... you won’t be sorry.

With thanks to Super Slow Way and Mid Pennine Arts as part of the British Textile Biennial, we enjoyed a lovely day (also incidentally Margaret's birthday!) at the Banner Culture exhibition, followed by a weaving workshop at Queen Street Mill Textile Museum
(Friends of Queen Street Mill).

HEIRLOOM - the MUST SEE Exhibition at QSM
12/10/2019

HEIRLOOM - the MUST SEE Exhibition at QSM

British Textile Biennial
30/09/2019

British Textile Biennial

Behind the scenes at the installation of Heirloom and Art in Manufacturing projects by artists Anna Ray Art and Daksha Patel in the stunning Queen Street Mill. Both projects are opening this Thursday! Opening times: Thursday-Sat, 12-4pm.

Heirloom is a collaborative project between Gawthorpe Textiles Collection, Queen Street Mill and Researchers from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and is funded by the Arts Council England. Art in Manufacturing is co-commission between the National Festival of Making and British Textile Biennial.

Read more: https://britishtextilebiennial.co.uk/programme/

Productions from our unique Queen St. Mill👍🏻
10/09/2019
British Textile Biennial

Productions from our unique Queen St. Mill👍🏻

INTRODUCING THE PROGRAMME: Heirloom aims to capture nostalgic personal histories and share stories from men who used to work in the textile industry, including men who may have migrated to Pennine Lancashire from India or Pakistan to work in one of the many mills. Their stories will be interpreted into stitch and used to create unique shirts, made from cloth woven from the Victorian looms in Queen Street Mill – creating the ultimate Heirloom for the men to take away and cherish for future generations.

You can see the unique shirts for yourselves in an exhibition at Queen Street Mill from 5th October. There will also be a chance to meet the participants at the official launch on the 12th October - see the link for opening hours.

Heirloom is a collaboration between the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Gawthorpe Textiles Collection and Queen Street Mill, and is funded by Arts Council England.

30/08/2019

Whilst King’s Mill chimney is a blow, to all housed within King’s Mill itself & QSM, I can confirm that the Owner is doing all he can in the circumstances & thank him for all co-operation with the bodies involved.

I can confirm that, whilst QMS will not be open this weekend, 31st August - 1st September, we are hoping for business as usual next week.

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR NEWS OF THE BIENNIAL EVENTS.

And so we march onward.... hopeful, ever hopeful👍🏻
06/08/2019
Burnley Empire Theatre Trust

And so we march onward.... hopeful, ever hopeful👍🏻

Wonderful news for Friends of Queen Street Mill 🎉

Such a lot to see, hear, do
06/08/2019

Such a lot to see, hear, do

A beautiful day for a site visit to Queen Street Mill in #Burnley yesterday with artists Daksha Patel and Anna Ray Art, looking at an exhibition for this years #britishtextilebiennial

Queen Street Mill is the last surviving 19th century steam powered weaving mill in the world.

Graeme
26/07/2019

Graeme

If you are looking for things to do this summer with your kids, then make sure you get them to one of these great drop in sessions going on at the Queen Street Mill in Briercliffe.
Alan Birch is fantastic local artist check out his facebook presence here:

https://www.facebook.com/alan.m.birch?fref=hovercard&hc_location=none

Elvis says..... ‘like’ Friends of Queen St. Mill & help us find & support the search for a sustainable future for the la...
08/07/2019

Elvis says..... ‘like’ Friends of Queen St. Mill & help us find & support the search for a sustainable future for the last steam driven Cotton weaving mill in the World....

Elvis was in the building🤩
08/07/2019

Elvis was in the building🤩

SAZ MEDIA
05/07/2019

SAZ MEDIA

Our workshop at Project Inc today in Queen Street Mill, Burnley- we are capturing the students in action, they are busy preparing the final touches to their artwork for an end of term exhibition on Tuesday 16th! 👏📸😀 Friends of Queen Street Mill

#photography #art #collaboration

WE NEED YOU.... Join us this Saturday as part of the Briercliffe Festival. Open 10am - 4pmBecome an active partner in sa...
04/07/2019

WE NEED YOU....
Join us this Saturday as part of the Briercliffe Festival. Open 10am - 4pm

Become an active partner in saving Queen St & Helmshore Mills by joining the Lancashire Volunteer Partnership.
Find out more on the door ......
This Saturday, 6th July 2019

Queen St Mill is open every Thursday, Friday & Saturday until October 2019.  However come and see us as part of the wond...
04/07/2019

Queen St Mill is open every Thursday, Friday & Saturday until October 2019. However come and see us as part of the wonderful Briercliffe Festival.

Cafe open at 10
Scheduled Tours at 12.15 / 13.30 & 14.45
If there is earlier demand we could squeeze a further tour or two in.

Meet Cal & Dave Wallace - Fern Industrial Services, Specialist Boiler Repair Remedial Work from Denton with a side line in Steam Punk Furniture Design!!!

Thank you both for the TLC of our LANCASHIRE Boiler which, is feeling a trifle under valued.

Come & see the lonely Lancy Boiler this weekend as part of the Briercliffe Festival

Meet Cal & Dave Wallace - Fern Industrial Services, Specialist Boiler Repair Remedial Work from Denton with a side line ...
04/07/2019

Meet Cal & Dave Wallace - Fern Industrial Services, Specialist Boiler Repair Remedial Work from Denton with a side line in Steam Punk Furniture Design!!!

Thank you both for the TLC of our LANCASHIRE Boiler which, is feeling a trifle under valued.

Come & see the lonely Lancy Boiler this weekend as part of the Briercliffe Festival

Queen St. Mill - A CRACKING DAY OUTSeeing is believing - help us save the last steam driven working Mill for the future ...
25/06/2019

Queen St. Mill - A CRACKING DAY OUT

Seeing is believing - help us save the last steam driven working Mill for the future ... it’s as simple as paying a visit & following our site..

Open EVERY Thursday, Friday & Saturday until October

Briercliffe, Burnley BB10 2HX - 01282 412555/ [email protected]

Sooooo near but so far away. Hold your nerve Folks, those incredible Steeplejacks are nearly at the top...... just the i...
13/06/2019

Sooooo near but so far away. Hold your nerve Folks, those incredible Steeplejacks are nearly at the top...... just the inside to do now😮😮

Huge ‘Thank you’ to the dedicated staff at QSM today. We didn’t leave long enough to get round everything.QSM IS OPEN TH...
27/04/2019

Huge ‘Thank you’ to the dedicated staff at QSM today. We didn’t leave long enough to get round everything.

QSM IS OPEN THURSDAYS,FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS UNTIL OCTOBER

Whilst it’s lovely to have what feels like a private tour PLEASE come & support Kary, Ali, Rene, Graham, Stephen & David...... bet I’ve missed someone!!

QSM - best day out even if it isn’t under steam ..... yet. Allow 2hrs to look, listen & absorb the story of how Burnley put the Great into Britain.

Open Thursdays,Fridays & Saturdays until October. We are still working on the long term possibilities for the Mill..... ...
24/04/2019

Open Thursdays,Fridays & Saturdays until October. We are still working on the long term possibilities for the Mill..... any Philanthropists looking for a cause......

In a quiet suburb of Burnley lies an often overlooked historic treasure, the last known surviving 19th-century steam weaving mill in the world. Previously closed due to council cuts, we are delighted to hear that the Queen Street Mill has been reopened to the public by Lancashire County Council this month!

#didyouknow that the striking buildings serve as a popular film location, and a scene from The King’s Speech was filmed there...

Friends of Queen Street Mill

10/04/2019

It’s D Day Community Conversation
Queen St. Mill, Briercliffe, Burnley
Make it a date - 6 ‘til 8

7 days to go until the Community Conversation at QSM. Contact Kary or Steve if you want to join in 01282 412555
04/04/2019

7 days to go until the Community Conversation at QSM.
Contact Kary or Steve if you want to join in
01282 412555

03/04/2019
Friends of Queen Street Mill

Please share. If intending to join us, please ring the mill so we can accommodate numbers. Thank you.

Count down to Community Conversation on 11th April....

03/04/2019

Count down to Community Conversation on 11th April....

Call for participants!We are looking for a mixed-age group of men to take part in this exciting project. If you, or anyo...
08/03/2019

Call for participants!

We are looking for a mixed-age group of men to take part in this exciting project. If you, or anyone in your family has worked in a textile mill within East Lancashire, we want you to take part and bring a member of your family to share the experience of working in a cotton weaving mill in Burnley, Queen Street Mill.

For the project you will be working alongside experienced fashion designers, textile artists and weavers. You will be designing and creating a bespoke shirt using cloth woven at the historic mill, and working with artist learning techniques to hand embellish your shirt, creating a unique design, that you will hopefully pass down through generations of your family - thus making it a family Heirloom. This is a perfect opportunity to put down your phone, talk and share memories with your family, learn new skills, make new friendships and end up with a beautiful shirt at the end of the project.

For more information please email Project lead - Amanda Odlin [email protected]

The 'Edwardian Britain in Colour' programme which features wonderful #QueenStreetMill is on the telly again Saturday 23 ...
18/02/2019

The 'Edwardian Britain in Colour' programme which features wonderful #QueenStreetMill is on the telly again Saturday 23 Feb 8pm on Channel 5, brought to life in the new Edwardian Britain in Colour series.
Don't miss it!

The Queen St. Chimney saga continues but they are sooooo close to the top.
04/02/2019

The Queen St. Chimney saga continues but they are sooooo close to the top.

Take a trip back in time to visit our Victorian school teacher and become a ‘half-timer’ in Friends of Queen Street Mill

Enquire now - http://ht.ly/2eQD30nrX9a

#teacher #Schooltrips #lessonideas

29/11/2018

GREAT NEWS...... GREATEST NEWS

Behind the scenes the wheels have been turning & I can FINALLY announce that the National Trust are working in partnership with the County Council to research a sustainable ( I love that word) future for the Mills, QSM & it’s sister at Helmshore.

This has been a long time in the making and we are at the very early, tentative & sensitive beginning of a process that may not only be long & complicated but may not achieve the desired end BUT, Friends, IT IS A BEGINNING.

Please continue to support the group & spread the news... you never know when our input in a more practical & physical fashion may be needed.

In the meantime.... wish us luck...... especially in the matter of the chimney in these high winds.......

30/10/2018
Friends of Queen Street Mill's cover photo
27/10/2018

Friends of Queen Street Mill's cover photo

Friends of Queen Street Mill's cover photo
19/10/2018

Friends of Queen Street Mill's cover photo

Wonderful day. Last public opening for 2018 but we will be in touch with an exciting 2019 offer soon.Thank you to all th...
13/10/2018

Wonderful day. Last public opening for 2018 but we will be in touch with an exciting 2019 offer soon.

Thank you to all the superb experts & thank you for visiting. We look forward to meeting again soon.

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Harle Syke
Burnley
BB10 2HX

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‘Stitched Histories’ My name is Sharon Brown and as part of the 2021 British Textile Biennial I am exhibiting a body of new work ‘ Stitched Histories’ at Queen Street Mill Textile Museum. The Biennial takes place throughout the whole of October and full details about the British Textile Biennial 2021 can be found at www.britishtextilebiennial.co.uk . In ‘Stitched Histories’ I’m using found letters and documents connected to the history and workers of Lancashire cotton mills, reimagined through freehand machine embroidery to celebrate and preserve fragments of the skills, structures and rhythms of generations of often forgotten lives spent working in the textile industry. I make heavily embroidered and embellished one-off pieces where I am drawing and painting with thread, creating layers of stitch that capture layers of history, as these handwritten fragile papers reveal not only personal histories but also global events and the social and cultural context in which they were written. I am fascinated by how writing can be so unique to an individual, suggesting character and narrative and the way in which it has changed throughout the last 100 years. All of my current work has been made using old, discarded letters and documents from the now defunct cotton manufacturer, Riggs of Rochdale. The documents giving me a glimpse of a way of life that no longer exists, as well as the people who lived it. During the British Textile Biennial I would like to develop this work further by using letters, notes, documents, envelopes, photographs, payslips, share certificates, invoices,etc from other cotton mills or cotton related businesses. I am looking for paper contributions that can be photocopied and photographed so that I can make new work using copies of your documents. I am also really interested in your photographs, memories and stories of working with King Cotton. I will be at Queen Street Mill every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in October from 12 until 4 working with my sewing machine and would like to include as many of your and your families’ experiences as possible in the work that is created during that time. I would love to see your Letters Documents Photographs Handwritten memories and stories Before the Biennial ……… …they can be dropped off at Queen Street Mill by being posted into the ‘ Stitched Histories’ post box situated in the entrance area. All documents need to be packaged in a sealed non-bendable envelope. The rigid envelope needs to be clearly labelled with your name, contact details and list the number of documents included. If you would like the documents/ photographs returned then please include a stamp addressed envelope or details of how you can be contacted to arrange a pick-up During the Biennial……….. …I will be working in the cafe area at Queen Street Mill every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12 until 4 and would love to meet you, see your documents and hear first-hand your memories and experiences of working with cotton. I can take photocopies of your paper items and photographs during your visit and then return them to you. Before and during the Biennial…… you can send documents to ; ‘Stitched Histories’ Queen Street Mill Textile Museum Harle Syke, Briercliffe Burnley, Lancashire BB10 2HX If you would like the documents returned then please include a stamped addressed envelope. Neither I, Queen Street Mill, Lancashire County Council or British Textile Biennial can take any responsibility for the loss or damage of your items. Because of time and work restrictions not all documents and photographs will be used in the final display that is created throughout October.
• Did you or a family member work in the cotton industry? In a cotton mill or related business? • Do you have any letters, notes, documents, envelopes, photographs, payslips, share certificates, invoices…. Anything connected to cotton? • Do you have any stories or memories of working with cotton to share ?
Looking forward to QSM and HTM being open this year so I can bring a group of volunteers down on a Friday from Heron Corn Mill, Cumbria.
If you are looking for things to do this summer with your kids, then make sure you get them to one of these great drop in sessions going on at the Queen Street Mill in Briercliffe. Alan Birch is fantastic local artist check out his facebook presence here: https://www.facebook.com/alan.m.birch?fref=hovercard&hc_location=none
Take your blame where it belongs and here respect what you probably may...
Finally seen support from Visit Lancashire In the 2019 Visitor Guide
is there a date for the next steaming ?
Enjoyed my visit here staff were very helpful excellent keep up the good work.
wish i could come and see your open day as my mum worked there for a long time remember going in there as a young girl the noise was horrific then many years later was given ear defenders to late for our mum she had worked as a weaver all her life and my gran was a winder both ended up deaf as a post but loved every minute
Taken when visiting in 2016.
Visited today & hope it will be saved for future generations to come.