Working Textile Museum
Masson Mills house a fascinating collection of authentic historic textile machinery dating from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. In 2010 the collection was 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.
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.
The collection includes:
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
Mechanics' shop in the ground floor of the Masson Gassing Mill
The largest bobbin collection in the world
Weir and Riverbank
Boilers and Boiler House
For any further informaion or booking enquiries telephone us on -
Monday – Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
The museum is open from the first week in January until 30th November inclusive. Closed Easter Sunday and throughout December.
Monday - Saturday: 11:00am and 2:00pm
Sunday: 12:00am and 2:00pm
Please note: Demonstation times are subject to availability.
Ways to Visit:
You can now choose one of three ways to enjoy a visit to Sir Richard Arkwright’s Masson Mills Working Textile Museum.
Option 1 - "Just turn up - No need to book"
Our flexible self-guiding option. Visit at your own pace.
Adult £3.00, Child (5-16) £2.00, Family (2 Adults + up to 3 Children) £6.50, Concessions £2.50
(There is no guide fee for Option 1)
Option 2 - A fully guided tour with a Masson Mills guide
(Approx. 55 mins) - Including the Engine House, short film and bespoke machinery demonstration times.
Pre-booked Groups and Schools £2.50 per person, plus a guide fee of £10.
(Accompanying teachers and group leaders free)
Option 3 - "A Morning (or afternoon) with the Mill Owner"
An exciting and unique opportunity to spend some time in the company of the Mill Owner, who will personally guide you around areas of the mills not normally open to the public, including the Engine House, the Turbine House and the Research Library and Archive Room.
Includes tea, coffee, biscuits and lots of original stories!
(1½ to 2 hours to suit) £7.50 per person