Masson Mills Working Textile Museum open weekdays only all year (closed throughout Dec).
Masson Mills Museum is currently open for pre-booked tours only, Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm.
Pre-booked group prices £7.50 per person, (group minimum 10). Prices include guide and VAT.
For details and bookings please contact us using the Contact Us page.
Please note the Shopping Village is closed.
Masson Mills Working Textile Museum
Masson Mills house a fascinating collection of authentic historic textile machinery dating from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The collection has been described as “possibly the UK’s finest collection of working textile machines” and includes machinery originally from Masson Mills, along with a large collection of other items and artefacts from textile mills all over Britain.
What Was It Like To Work In An 18th Century Cotton Mill?
Visitors to the museum can experience the genuine atmosphere of a working 18th century cotton mill in the original 1783 Masson Mill – the sights, the smells and the sounds are authentic and evocative. At Masson Mills there is a palpable sense of the continuity of enterprise. After “clocking in” with their entrance tickets, visitors “step back in time” on entering the old mill. Here they can see and appreciate Sir Richard Arkwright’s Legacy of over 200 years of industrial history.
Masson Mills Weaving Shed
The collection includes, amongst many other items:
- The original 1785 bell which called the employees to work
- Cotton doubling machines - some original to Masson Mills
- Some of the oldest working looms in the world - still producing cloth
- Pirn winders
- Cotton “Mules”
- “The Devil”
- Carding engines
- Overseer’s office
- Mechanics' shop in the ground floor of the Masson Gassing Mill
- The largest bobbin collection in the world