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Close up on Burnley's iconic Queen Street Mill
FRESH light is set to be shone on the hidden corners of an iconic film backdrop in Burnley, as part of the upcoming heritage open weekend.
Queen Street Mill was an uncredited co-star of the The King’s Speech, in 2009, when a Hollywood crew descended on the Harle Syke landmark. The building, home to the world’s last surviving steam-powered mill, was used for a powerful scene when Colin Firth, as King George VI, struggled to give a speech to northern mill-hands.
Tomorrow until Sunday, the museum will be taking centre stage for the Heritage Open Weekend series, and staff are preparing to open up two sections which are usually cordoned-off to the public.
Vanessa Bedford, manager of the county council-run museum, said: "There will be something for everyone to see and do, even if you are one of our regular visitors.
“For example, people will have the chance to see inside our Victorian offices and historic stables, which are usually closed to the public.
“Here they can find out more about the life of the mill manager and the important role that mill horses played in the story of cotton weaving.”
Further attractions lined up include cotton-weaving display and pirn-winding demonstrations — a spool or reel on which thread or yarn is wound — in the warehouse.
Elsewhere a steam train-themed photographic exhibition 'Rose Grove to Darjeeling', including a children’s quiz, has been lined up.
The following Sunday the annual historic vehicle cavalcade, featuring more than 35 motors, will depart from the museum, at around 11am.
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