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

Some of the 40 representatives from all parts of the Calder Valley at Sunday's seminar at Gawthorpe Hall discussing various aspects of the NE Lancashire Advisory Report.

From an article by Allan Halstead:
A Vision of life in the future, in NE Lancashire, proposed by the NE Lancashire Planning Unit, was put under the microscope at a seminar at Gawthorpe Hall on Sunday, 20th May 1973. Representatives of people living in all parts of the area from Padiham to Trawden had a detailed exposition from the planning experts - and they were left in no doubt about "the voice of the people." The seminar was part of a series of meetings organised by the Burnley and Nelson colleges in association with the Burnley Express and Nelson Leader series of newspapers. The representatives spent the morning and afternoon discussing roads and transport, housing and the urban environment and leisure.

Mr Kirby, director of the Planning Unit, thanked those who took part and said it was encouraging to have people who were interested coming along and giving up a day of their leisure.

People Have Their Say

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Short film by the Burnley Film Group