The Friends of the Museum raise funds to:
  • acquire objects to add to collections
  • improve access to the collections
  • provide match-funding for grant aided projects
  • sustain and improve the fabric of the building and its contents


The Friends:
  • raised £10,000 towards refurbishing the Higher Mill
  • helped fund the purchase of Arkwright's portrait
  • helped fund the historic oil painting 'Bury from Blackford Bridge'
  • run the popular annual Victorian Christmas Fair
  • financed promotional advertising for the museum
  • carried out visitor interviews and survey
  • provided wheelchair for visitor use
  • steward the Old Timers Vehicle Cavalcade
  • installed a small theatre/cinema in the museum
  • organised history fairs and spring or summer craft fairs


The Friends Commitment is to:
  • welcome all interest in the museum
  • collect and use annual subscriptions especially for projects
  • support events by attending
  • help with the planning and preparation of events
  • contribute new ideas
  • help to improve and innovate


For more information please contact us by either Telephone at 01706 226459 or Email at helmshore.museum@lancashire.gov.uk