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 many of these images available online.

Our Other Collections section is growing, with several new collections just published and others in the pipeline.
We have a new set of images entitled 'In the Paper: Clarets Fans and the Burnley Express' produced by Lancashire Archives as part of the Clarets Collective Archive in Burnley Central Library basement. Find more details about this and our display of images at The Caravan Gallery Pride of Place Exhibition from this Upcoming Events link.
We are now operating without the benefit of Heritage Lottery Funding and to help us continue would welcome donations. Please contact us for details about how to make a donation or donate online by visiting our page at JUSTGIVING

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There are now 15,000 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 Wednesday and 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 can be found in the Surrounding Districts pages and we would welcome volunteers from the Pendle area to help digitise images of this area.

We have produced a short history about the project which you can download.

50 Years Ago

Police Cadet Brian Whitham with the "can" and the remains of the balloon and radar target.

A strange object from the upper atmosphere landed in Junction Street, Burnley, at the weekend. After falling about 15 miles it got tangled in telephone wires, where it was found by garage owner Mr Ivan Dixon, who identified the object - a weather balloon. He said: "The thing was just hanging from the telephone wire. There was a metal container, a balloon, which was in shreds, and a thing like a kite. With all the instruments it was obviously something to do with the weather."

Mr Dixon contacted the police, who are arranging to have the instruments returned to a meteorological centre. A spokesman at the Manchester Weather Centre said weather balloons are sent up four times a day from weather stations around the country. The instruments measure temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure and wind direction. They usually reach a height of 15 miles. So high up the pressure gets less, the balloon expands and eventually bursts.

Weather Balloon

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Short film by the Burnley Film Group