Lancashire Textile Gallery

Discover a world of textiles in one county…

Modern Lancashire was built on a strong heritage of textile manufacturing and global trade, shaping the lives of people and communities both at home and abroad. From machinery, tools, patterns and sample books to clothing, interiors, decorative and ceremonial textiles, Lancashire holds a vast and rich archive of world textiles.  The Lancashire Textile Gallery digitally brings together objects and collections held by museums, archives and manufacturers from across the county.

Today this textile heritage is a rich and diverse source of inspiration, learning and enjoyment for designers, artists, makers, students, academics and beyond. 

Explore themed exhibitions and stories bringing together objects from regional collections curated by museum professionals, artists, academics and community members.

Search the collections to find your inspiration and access audio, video and other media bringing the objects’ stories to life.

Interact by posting your comments; sharing additional info or your own stories to help us to create new narratives and curate your own collection of favourite items.

Exhibitions

Digital exhibitions and stories shared and curated by artists, academics and community curators.

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Re:Fashion Challenge 2023
Re:Fashion Challenge 2023

The Re: Fashion challenge aims to teach young people the skills needed to make and adapt clothes in an effort to tackle fast fashion and embrace a more conscious and sustainable approach to garment production.

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Ringing the Changes
Ringing the Changes

Community Curator Anne Cochrane explores the entries in a telephone index from Queen Street Mill; revealing both local and international links within the textile industry.

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Collections

Browse the textiles that have been uploaded to see them in more detail and find out what collections across Lancashire have to offer.

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Surly Queen Suit (Material Memory)
Surly Queen Suit (Material Memory)

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Embellished Bridal Outfit (Material Memory)
Embellished Bridal Outfit (Material Memory)

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