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. Did you know that you can also View our Articles to read longer articles written by our volunteers on a range of historical subjects.
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 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

The winning trio, Mr Whittaker, Jonathon and the Morris Cowley. Mrs Whittaker and baby Julia for once take a back seat.

Simonstone production engineer 38-year-old Mr Gordon Whittaker, his young son, Jonathon, and their vintage Morris Cowley car have proved a winning combination. Together they drove to victory in the road section of the annual Preston to Morecambe Carnival run - and nine-year-old Jonathon navigated the entire route. Not content with topping one section, father and son went on to gain third place out of 43 entries for the best overall performance. The two arrived back home at Haugh Avenue, Simonstone, on Sunday, with rosettes and two winning tankards to show Mrs Whittaker and seven-month-old Julia.

The car, a 1923 model, has clocked more than 100,000 miles, completed some 100 runs and rallies and has been on show at many fetes and charity events. Mr Whittaker, who bought the vehicle just 10 years ago, worked for two years during his spare time to restore it to pristine condition.

Vintage Victory

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Short film by the Burnley Film Group