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Thursday, 16th August 2012

The experiences of mill workers who exchanged cobbled streets for the trenches during the First World War will be brought vividly to life at Queen Street Mill Textile Museum on Bank Holiday Monday.

Cotton and Warfare is a hands-on exhibition, led by performers from Histrionics, a professional history entertainment company.

The event will tell the enthralling, sometimes tragic, stories of Lancashire mill workers who fought and died in the Great War (1914-18). The stories are true – taken from diaries and first-hand accounts.

Visitors can also discover how cotton was used during the First World War, with the chance to handle uniforms and traditional clothing of the period.

Vanessa Bedford, Lancashire County Council's museum manager at Queen Street Mill, said: "The sacrifice made by ordinary people during the First World War is something we should never forget and I think this poignant event will bring it alive in a way that's very specific to the mill workers from Lancashire.

"We're thrilled to have Histrionics working with us as they make history so interesting for people of all ages."

Sessions will run throughout the day between 12pm and 5pm. Booking is not required.

Normal museum admission applies: adults £3, concessions £2, accompanied children and Burnley residents free.

Ample free parking
Gift shop
Café serving snacks and light refreshments
Toilets including disabled and baby change facilities
Full access for disabled users
Visitors with guide dogs welcome.

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