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 have an event to celebrate the completion of our Heritage Lottery Fund grant on 30th March 2023 - please let us know how you have used and enjoyed our website. Your comments will be used in our monitoring report and will also help us to get support from other organisations in order to continue adding more images and stories into the future.

There are now over 10,500 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

Road Construction unit planning engineer Mr J. Bradon explains detail of the M65 road and the path it will take through Hapton.

Any of three alternatives for the Calder Valley M65 fast route through Hapton, drawn up by the villagers, would cost three-quarters of a million pounds more than the route already officially proposed. And they would also have considerably more disadvantages compared with the line already mapped out. This was the verdict of a three-man team representing the North-Western Road Construction Unit (responsible for the Hapton section of the route) when they met militant villagers on Thursday evening, 22nd March 1973 at the public meeting in the schoolroom at Hapton Methodist Church.

The get-together was stormy at times and some members of the public who were unable even to get standing room overflowed into adjoining ante-rooms and corridors. One fact is clear. A section of the village is still determined to press for one of the three alternative routes presented to the planners. The meeting resolved to contact the Secretary for the Environment and press for their alternative plan for a route across Hapton Moor and send a petition bearing more than 500 signatures against the proposed route.

Hapton's M65 Plan

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Short film by the Burnley Film Group