Lewis Textile Museum

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Lewis Textile Museum
Lewis Textile Museum.JPG
Building of the Lewis Textile Museum
Lewis Textile Museum is located in Blackburn town centre
Lewis Textile Museum
Location within Blackburn town centre
General information
Architectural styleVictorian, palazzo style, ground floor of Regency style
Town or cityBlackburn, Lancashire
Coordinates53°45′00″N 2°29′03″W / 53.7501°N 2.4843°W / 53.7501; -2.4843Coordinates: 53°45′00″N 2°29′03″W / 53.7501°N 2.4843°W / 53.7501; -2.4843
Technical details
Floor count3
Listed Building – Grade II
Official nameTextile Museum
Designated19 April 1974
Reference no.1273699

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]

In 2006 the building of the Lewis Textile Museum, was planned to become a 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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