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 in the new Local History section in the library basement...

SEPTEMBER 2022 **GOOD NEWS** UPDATE: There are now over 10,500 images on the website. Our archive rooms are now fully operational although we continue to take a cautious approach. We WELCOME NEW VOLUNTEERS and have vacancies on our Thursday afternoon sessions. If you can spare a couple of hours why not contact us and arrange a visit to the archive. 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

Mr Shaw gives a helping hand to Mrs Law to cut the cake, watched by some of the officials and members. Front (left to right): Mrs P. Jones (WRVS helper), Mrs Florrie Eastwood, Miss Bertha Hargreaves, Mrs D. Graham (WVRS leader) and Mrs Annie Lee (deputy leader).

The oldest Darby and Joan club in Burnley celebrated its 15th birthday on Friday 17th November 1972 with a tea party for members. The club is attached to St Cuthbert's Church and began its life in the town at the St John Ambulance headquarters in Colne Road. It later moved to St Cuthbert's where the party was held.

About 90 members were present and after a service by the vicar, the Rev John Shaw, he cut the anniversary cake. Three ladies who were present on the day the club opened were guests of honour. They are Mrs Florrie Eastwood, Miss Bertha Hargreaves and Mrs Margaret Law. The party was organised by the ladies of the WRVS, who run the club.

Darby and Jones Club

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Short film by the Burnley Film Group