Cotton to Gold
31 January – 19 April 2015
Free to all
Showcasing the treasures of an extraordinary group of Lancashire magnates.
In the 19th century, as the cotton mills boomed and profits flourished, a group of prominent industrialists in the north-west poured their wealth into what would become some of the finest private collections in the country.
The display features many of the highlights; Roman coins and medieval manuscripts join Turner watercolours and Japanese prints, as well as Byzantine icons, ivory sculptures, preserved beetles and a Peruvian mummy. There is also a chance to explore the stories of the collectors themselves, and what motivated them to give their goods away.
The items are drawn from the collections of Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, Haworth Art Gallery and Towneley Hall.