Austerity kills the last steam-powered loom in the world

Lancashire Council is shutting down five of its museums, including Burnley's Queen Street Mill Museum, widely known for its appearances in the King's Speech, home to the last steam-powered mill in the world.

The museums are part of a cost-slashing project precipitated by massive cuts to subsidies from the UK government to cities and towns; these cuts were undertaken in concert with cuts in the tax rate for corporations and the wealthiest people in the UK.

On the plus side, if you're a Russian oligarch looking for a steam-powered loom to put in your mansion's subterranean catacombs, there's likely to be one on the market very soon.

Councillor Marcus Johnstone, cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services, said: "Closing museums is the last thing we want to do but the scale of the county council's financial challenge means we have to take these difficult decisions in order to safeguard services for the most vulnerable people in our communities."

Lancashire museum used in King's Speech to close [BBC]

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  1. In the year of our Ludd, 2016...

  2. COAL powered.

    "At its peak it burnt 6 tonnes a day, but now uses only 10 tonnes a month." --Wikipedia

    Not sorry it will be shut down, but sad to see any museum close its doors.

  3. This will be devastating news to steam-powered loom aficionados everywhere.

  4. It's no loss. With the avalanche of Trickle Down that's soon to be trickling down, everyone will be able to afford their own steam-powered loom museums! And with all the admission they'll be able to charge themselves, everyone will be in the 1%!

  5. That's not that bad.

    For comparison, the Drax power station, next door in Yorkshire, has a maximum potential consumption of 36,000 tonnes of coal a day. In 2011, it consumed 9.1 million tonnes.

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