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 JUSTGIVING

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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

Mr Shinobara (left) demonstrates a blow to members with England International Joe Balko, an instructor at the club.

Brunokwai Judo and Karate club had a Japanese visitor at the weekend in Mr Shinobara, a chief instructor of the United Kingdom Karate Federation. He was in Burnley to demonstrate some of the finer points of the sport to the growing membership of the club. However, his main job was to assess the ability of members, and 26 got grades ranging from beginners to green belt.

Japanese Karate Visitor

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Short film by the Burnley Film Group