Masson Mills Working Textile Museum will be closed as of today and for the foreseeable future due to the current Coronavirus pandemic.

We will post a notice on this website when the museum re-opens.

The 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.

The Museum.

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
  • 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
  • A small room with a massive bobbin collection
  • Masson Mills Bobbin Room
  • Turbine House
  • Weir and Riverbank
  • Boilers and Boiler House
  • Mill chimney
  • Steam Engine

Opening Times


Open Mon – Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 11am-4pm.

The museum is open from the first week in January until 30th November inclusive. Closed Easter Sunday and throughout December (Please note that during January inclement weather may affect opening times).


Mon – Sat 11am and 2pm in the Weaving Shed (Sun 12 noon and 2pm)
(times subject to availability)

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