Queen Street Mill Textile Museum Hits the Small Screen

3 February 2015

TV audiences in South Korea will have the chance to learn about Lancashire's industrial past after a film crew visited Queen Street Mill Textile Museum (QSM) in Burnley.

The South Korean crew were there to record footage for a new TV documentary called 'Empire of the Sea'.

The mill was chosen to showcase the importance of 'King Cotton' and will feature in the four-part series highlighting how goods, including cotton, influenced world trade. Other goods covered in the series include tea, sugar and black pepper.

The series is currently being shown on South Korean television.

Sarah Taylor, Lancashire County Council's museum manager at QSM, said:" The documentary producers were really keen to film a Lancashire loom working to give viewers a feel of a time when QSM was a thriving cotton-weaving mill and cotton was an important commodity around the world.

"It was a pleasure to welcome the crew and to have the opportunity to show them around. Lancashire's industrial heritage is something we're all very proud of, and it's great to think that people in South Korea will get to see our historic mill in action."

QSM is the world's last surviving 19th century steam-powered weaving mill. Visitors can relive the days when cotton was king and see the magnificent steam engine, Peace, driving over 300 looms in the weaving shed.

Admission is £3 for adults, £2 for concessions. Accompanied children and Burnley residents go free.

Car parking is free and QSM is fully accessible for disabled visitors, including people with guide dogs.

The museum opens in March until the end of November.

For more information please phone 01282 412555 or email [email protected].

Alternatively, go to www.lancashire.gov.uk/museums to find out more about all of Lancashire County Council's museums.

Queen Street Mill is run by Lancashire County Council with support from Burnley Borough Council.


Notes for Editors: Picture shows (l-r): Colin Stevens, weaving technician, Sarah Taylor, QSM manager, with Yun Heo and JH Jang from the documentary team.
For further information please contact: Julie Dobson on 01772 536616
[email protected]

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