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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 also have Upcoming Events to raise awareness of the collection and our project.

Alongside many of the images, you will find the story behind it.

This is an ongoing project, please check back often.


It once looked like this - the old wooden building built in 1918 in the grounds of Bank Hall. There was no artificial heating or lighting and the only form of ventilation was by opening the "windows", constructed like stable doors. In time the windows became so warped that they could never be properly closed. An open-air school once meant exactly what the term implies, but Brunlea "open-air" school built in 1961 is no longer exposed to the elements, it is instead an attractive, well-equipped building with modern facilities, contemporary d├ęcor and enough heat for comfort.

50 Years Ago
Helping One Another Is Secret Of Their Success
Short film by the Burnley Film Group