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

Former Burnley Rural District chairman's lady, Mrs Murfitt (left) tries out the new bench with Councillor Miss Alston. Looking on are members of the ladies' committee.

The forecourt of old people's bungalows at Littlemoor Close, Sabden, has a handsome new teak bench, thanks to the former Burnley Rural District Council's Chairman's Lady's Committee. The bench was the first of nine to be handed over to old people's developments in parishes which formed part of the former Burnley Rural area.

It was presented by the former Chairman's Lady, Mrs Olive Murfitt, at a special ceremony last week and accepted by Councillor Miss Alice Alston, Sabden's representative on the new Ribble Valley Borough Council. Members of the committee were present for the occasion, which was followed by refreshments.

Sabden Bench

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Short film by the Burnley Film Group