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Save Lancashire's Heritage from Council Cuts

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Lancashire County Council has made proposals that will devastate Lancashire's heritage.

Lancashire represents some of the most important heritage in the UK. Our rich Roman and Viking past, the War of the Roses, our revolutionary textile industry, our mining heritage, our seaside tourist hotspots, our wealth of natural beauty. This is heritage we are proud of. Heritage we are famous for worldwide. Heritage cared for and made available for the public through our museums.

LCC propose the closure of 5 museums in the next year;

  • Queen Street Mill, Burnley - Grade I listed building. Thought to be the only working example of its type (steam powered weaving mill with North light) in the world
  • Helmshore Textile Mill - Grade II listed building. Live demonstrations of cotton spinning with working and recently restored waterwheel
  • Museum of Lancashire - Grade II listed building. Delivering an overview of Lancashire's heritage with a range of collections on display. Currently displaying the Silverdale Hoard, one of the largest silver Viking hoards found in the UK. Awarded Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2015.
  • Judges Lodgings - Grade I listed building. Contains an impressive collection of Gillows furniture, and a Museum of Childhood.
  • Fleetwood - Grade II listed building. A fantastic community seaside museum with varied collections including Harriet, a Fleetwood built fishing smack on the National Historic Ships Register.

But in addition to that the funding to heritage will be sliced by 93% in the next 2 years. The museums are run on a very reasonable 1.2 million. This will be reduced to 97K. The reality is that all staff will be lost (including many specialists), and no mention has been made of how collections or buildings will be cared for and whether they will be accessible. The museums retained by the council (Lancaster City Museum, Lancaster Castle, , Lancaster Maritime Museum, Lancaster Cottage Museum, Clitheroe Castle) are still under great threat, being expected to operate at full cost recovery within 1 year or being handed back to their owners.

Lancashire County Council budget proposals will go before the cabinet on 26th November - lets send them the message that we want to save all our heritage - museums, collections and staff

Remember once its all gone we can't get it back


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