Lewis Textile Museum

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Coordinates: 53°45′01″N 2°29′05″W / 53.7503°N 2.4848°W / 53.7503; -2.4848

Building of the Lewis Textile Museum

The Lewis Textile Museum was bequeathed to the people of Blackburn by a local cotton industrialist, Thomas Boys Lewis (1869–1942). The Lewis Textile Museum was closed in 2006 and a new gallery with its collection of looms and textile machinery was moved to Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery. The gallery which now houses the exhibits at the main Museum & Art Gallery was named CottonTown and opened in April 2007 by Jack Straw, the local Labour MP.

The closure of the Lewis Textile Museum [1] caused surprise which the local paper, the Lancashire Telegraph reported.[2]

Most recently, the building of the Lewis Textile Museum, was planned as a new drugs centre although this was met with local uproar.[3]

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  1. ^ David Higgerson, Museum to shut four years after being saved. Lancashire Telegraph, 1 March 2006.
  2. ^ Hypocrite jibe over museum closure plans. Lancashire Telegraph, 11 March 2006.
  3. ^ Plan in for museum drugs centre. Lancashire Telegraph, 29 May 2006.

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