OPEN CALL: Lancashire Textile Gallery –Academic Research Commissions

3rd August 2022

Modern Lancashire is built on a powerful heritage of textile manufacturing and global trade.

The Lancashire Textile Gallery project aims to build a new digital resource &gallery which highlights and brings together significant local and global textile artefacts from museums, archives, galleries, and manufacturers across the county. Through a series of new digital exhibitions, downloadable resources, academic research and community curated responses, this online presence will collectively build an understanding of the significant impact that textiles have played in shaping people’s lives, not only in this county, but across the globe.

The Lancashire Textile Gallery is a collaboration between Gawthorpe Textiles Collection, the University of Central Lancashire and the British Textile Biennial with contributions from museums and archives across Lancashire. The Lancashire’s Textile Treasures project has received DCMS and National Lottery funding, distributed by the Heritage Fund as part of their Digital Skills for Heritage initiative.

The Brief

We are looking to collaborate with textile, fashion and heritage academics seeking to extend their own areas of research practice or start new investigations with some of Lancashire’s most important textile archives and collections.

Researchers can be at any stage of their academic career and be affiliated with a university, institution or entirely independent.

Successful research applicants will be invited to spend time accessing the appropriate collection / objects  / artifacts and to create an outcome that can be represented in digital form on the new platform. E.g.detailed photographic images, films, academic papers, presentations.

These small pilot research projects are aimed at testing the opportunity for academics to work with and respond to our collections and to make manifest the results in digital form that will help drive engagement, conversation, community curated responses and other forms of interaction through the platform.

For full details download the brief here.


Deadline for applications is 9th September 2022

Shortlisted researcher interviews to be held on 16th September 2022

Please email applications to

If you have any questions or want to talk over your application prior to submission, please email with any questions or to arrange a time to chat.