Invitation to Take Part in Consultation on the Future of Lancashire Museums

As Lancashire county council continues to face an unprecedented financial challenge, over the next five years the council needs to make savings of £262m on top of those agreed within previous budget processes. This extremely difficult financial picture is the result of continued cuts in funding by Government, rising costs and rising demand for key services.

Lancashire County Council (LCC) has provided a Museum Service for the communities of Lancashire and its visitors since the early 1970s. LCC owns and manages the following museums: Judges Lodgings; Helmshore Mills Textile Museum Whitaker’s Mill); Queen Street Textile Museum; and the Museum of Lancashire. We also manage the Fleetwood Maritime Museum which is leased from Wyre Borough Council.

There is a proposal that from 31 March 2016 the following five museums will close: Fleetwood Museum; Helmshore Mills Textile Museum; Judges’ Lodgings Museum; Museum of Lancashire; and Queen Street Mill Textile Museum.

The museum service is working with partners, other organisations and local people to explore a range of options in an effort to ensure that the county council’s legacy of investment and commitment to the preservation of its heritage continues.

Lancashire county council ask that you share your views about the museums service you want in the area. To do so, please complete this questionnaire.

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