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.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE 1st APRIL EVENT AND ALL FUTURE EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED until further notice.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE, OCTOBER 2020: We have now installed Covid 19 safety measures in our archive rooms but recent tighter restrictions and increasing numbers of cases mean that we are unable to invite volunteers back into the rooms until the situation improves. Some volunteers are now working from home and we will continue to upload images to the website.

 

50 years Ago

The Mayor, watched by Owen Harris, performs the unveiling ceremony.

The Burnley nerve centre of G.U.S., the giant British Mail Order firm, was opened with a civic flourish yesterday, 26th November 1970, in Kingsway. More than 70 guests from Colne, Nelson, Brierfield and Padiham together with representatives from local commerce and industry saw the Mayor of Burnley, Ald. E. J. Willis, unveil a special commemoration plaque to mark the occasion.

Introduced by Leslie Foster (general manager) the managing director Owen Harris referred to the Burnley building as part of the firm's three million pound office modernisation programme which began five years ago. Describing the bridge from the market development to GUS as a physical link with Burnley, Mr. Harris pledged that he and his staff would participate in every facet of the town's community life. The firm, which employs 850 people, hopes to build up to 1,000 in the future.

Gus New Building

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Short film by the Burnley Film Group
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