Burnley Civic Trust Heritage Image Collection
In 2016 Burnley Civic Trust was gifted the Burnley Express Newspaper Archive by Johnston Press.

The archive is extensive and we aim to make as many of these images available online as soon as possible.

We have Upcoming Events to raise awareness of the collection and our project and photographs of community events held at Burnley Central Library in the 1960's to 1980's are now on display at the library to celebrate the creation of the new Community Hub/Reference Library.

APRIL 2022 **GOOD NEWS** UPDATE: Our archive rooms are now fully operational although we continue to take a cautious approach. We WELCOME NEW VOLUNTEERS, all that is needed are some basic computer skills and an interest in local history.
PENDLE AND WEST CRAVEN images in the Surrounding Districts pages will also now include images from 1963 to 1970 which are scanned from negatives (in addition to those scanned from photographs). These image stories are being transcribed from Nelson Library newspaper film rolls.


50 Years Ago

Members of the party look at work being done on a guillotine machine.

More than 70 Enfield housewives made a jet trip to Burnley on a specially chartered flight to make a tour of Belling and Company Ltd's Burnley factory on Wednesday 17th May 1972. All the women were members of the Electrical Association for Women. The organisation, now in its tenth year, holds regular monthly meetings at Belling's Enfield factory where housewives learn about modern electrical appliances. The trip to Burnley was organised by the company to mark their diamond jubilee this year. With them on the flight was the company chairman, Mr Richard Belling, and his wife, Elspeth, who also joined the party for lunch at the Keirby Hotel. After lunch, the party went on to the factory where they saw every stage of the production of electric fires, storage heaters, cooker elements and other components. After tea in the works canteen the party returned by coach to Yeadon airport for the flight back to London.

Local industry was given a double boost when company supremo Richard E. Belling, whilst visiting Burnley, gave workers a verbal pat on the back and announced that a quarter of a million pounds is to be injected into the Burnley Belling factory. The financial boost will help start the production of small components at present produced by companies outside Belling and Co. Ltd.

Belling Visitors

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Short film by the Burnley Film Group