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.

*2023 UPDATE* - We have Upcoming Events to raise awareness of the collection and our project.
LOST BUILDINGS OF BURNLEY is a NEW display now at Gannow Community Centre.
We held an event to celebrate the completion of our Heritage Lottery Fund grant on 30th March 2023 and have produced a short history booklet about the project.

There are now over 12,162 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

Vic Pollard demonstrates a stroke to Paul Gardner, Paul Whitlow, Garry Robinson and Paul Whitaker, after the service at Sion Baptist Church.

New Zealand cricketer Vic Pollard returned to his home town on Sunday, 3rd June 1973, when he took part in the morning service at Sion Baptist Church. Vic, currently touring with the New Zealand cricket team, attended Sion church on his previous visit to this country, and readily accepted the invitation of the Rev. Keith Hobbs to occupy the pulpit on Sunday morning. The popular cricketer, himself an officer in the Boys' Brigade, soon established an affinity with the young people, relating the game of cricket to the true Christian life.

Burnley-born cricketer Vic Pollard was one of the principal heroes of New Zealand's magnificent fightback in the First Test against England at Trent Bridge this week. An all-round sportsman, Vic emigrated to New Zealand with his family about 20 years ago. The cricketing world was unanimous in its praise of his innings. Pollard was one of the few New Zealanders to emerge with credit from their first innings debacle of 97 all out.

Test Star Comes Home

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Short film by the Burnley Film Group