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 the Burnley Youth Theatre Collection just published and others in the pipeline.
We will soon have Upcoming Events to raise awareness of the collection and our project, but the 'Lancashire Archives at Burnley' display of Burnley Football Club images is still at Burnley Central Library basement rooms.
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

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There are now over 13,541 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.
We have produced a short history about the project which you can download.


50 Years Ago

Geoff Nulty in full voice for the TV recording, backed up by (left to right) Alan Stevenson, Peter Noble, Paul Fletcher and Doug Collins.

News of the Burnley footballers' prowess as singers is spreading. And in a fortnight their voices will reach a new audience when they appear on TV screens throughout the North West. Granada TV had heard how successful the players were at performing their own cabaret at dances over the past 18 months. So the television company asked them to appear on a special Christmas edition of "Kick-Off."

On Tuesday afternoon, 4th December 1973, a Granada film unit came along to the Cat's Whisker's to record a song for the programme. The one chosen has become a theme tune among Burnley players during their successes of the past year-and-a-half. It is the George Formby classic "Leaning on a Lamp-post" featuring Geoff Nulty as solo singer and Paul Fletcher on ukulele. Midfield player Nulty first sang the song on a youth team tour five years ago, and has since performed it with great successes at dances the players have organised at the Cat's Whiskers.

Clarets Strike The Right Note

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Short film by the Burnley Film Group