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 and photographs of community events held at Burnley Central Library in the 1960's to 1980's are now on display in the new Local History section in the library basement...

SEPTEMBER 2022 **GOOD NEWS** UPDATE: There are now over 10,500 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.


50 Years Ago

The cavalcade makes its way up Centenary Way. A previously unpublished image.

Euro Week got off to a great start on Saturday, 23rd September 1972 as Burnley began a week featuring many continental-styled events. Burnley Chamber of Trade, in co-operation with British European Airways organised Euro Week to give the town a preview of what life will be like once Britain joins the Common Market. All tastes and ages have been catered for. For the active there are gala dances at the Keirby Hotel, and for those who prefer something a little more relaxing, there is a bistro all week in the Market Square.

Traffic in the town centre was held up for several minutes on Saturday, as a cavalcade of about 70 cars took part in a grand display. Hundreds of shoppers lined the route as the procession, headed by Nelson Morris Dancers wound its way through the streets. Eleven North-East Lancashire motor dealers combined to bring their new models to the public eye, but only vehicles manufactured in Europe were displayed.

Euro Week

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Short film by the Burnley Film Group