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Lancashire County Council is planning to close five Lancashire museums. They are :  Museum of Lancashire (in Preston), Queen Street Mill in Burnley, Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, Judges’ Lodgings in Lancaster and Fleetwood Museum. They will all be closed by 30th September 2016.

Six other museums also face an uncertain future- they will receive no money and will be told to cover their own costs or be ‘handed back to their owners’. They are Lancaster Castle (owned by the Duchy of Lancaster), Lancaster City Museum, Lancaster Cottage Museum, Lancaster Maritime Museum (all owned by Lancaster Town Council), Clitheroe Castle Museum (owned by Ribble Valley Council) and Gawthorpe Hall. How likely is it that these smaller councils will be able to find the money that Lancashire County Council lacks? They surely face closure too, perhaps within 18 months.

The cultural, educational and historical loss at the closure of these museums is incalculable. They tell us about who we are and where we have come from. They house the prehistoric flints found on our moorlands, altars, tools and weapons from the Roman conquest, Saxon and Viking coin hoards and jewellery. They document our  turbulent Medieval, Tudor and Stuart periods.  They show how the Georgians and Victorians created the first modern industrial society, not just in Britain, but in the world.

Today they generate tourism revenue for the areas they serve by attracting visitors to the towns, who go on to spend money in the shops, cafes and other businesses nearby. If you go to the Visit Lancashire website, they are the top museum attractions.

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If you value Lancashire’s history and archaeology, then please let your voice be heard.

Online petitions to save the museums have been started.


If you would like to sign an online petition to save the Museum of Lancashire click here

To sign the petition to save Helmshore and Queen Street Mills click here

To sign the petition to save Judges’ Lodgings click here

Please get in touch with the Leader of Lancashire County Council Jennifer Mein and let her know your views. Her contact details (including her email) can be found on her webpage on the Lancashire County  Council website by clicking here .

Latest Update: Heritage Lottery Fund may want its money back from Lancashire County Council- click here