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.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE 1st APRIL EVENT AND ALL FUTURE EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED until further notice.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: In line with Government directions volunteers are unable to access our archive rooms to digitise Burnley Express negatives for the website. However, we are continuing to add interesting images from our Newspaper Cuttings Envelopes which are being catalogued by some volunteers at home. These records date from the 1930's to the mid 1950's. Some of these will also be developed as longer stories on our Articles page.

 

43 years Ago

Burnley's two greatest historians, Mr. Walter Bennett (third from left) and Mr. Ralph Cross with the Mayor and Mayoress (right) and historical society chairman (Mr. J. O. B. Illingworth) and Miss. Jean Syddall, reference librarian.
Tribute was paid to Burnley's two greatest historians this week. A special party was held at Burnley Central Library in honour of 89 year old Walter Bennett and Mr. Ralph Cross, who is two years his senior. There were presents for both from the Burnley and District Historical Society, which organised the event, and from the Mayor and Mayoress of Burnley, Councillor and Mrs. Jim Meakin. Without Bennett's four volume "History of Burnley" the town would have no comprehensive record of its past. Without the much less known photographs and records of Mr. Cross, many buildings could have disappeared without anyone realising their significance.

The Historians

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Short film by the Burnley Film Group
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