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 at the Weavers' Triangle Visitor Centre from May to October 2021.
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**GOOD NEWS** CORONAVIRUS UPDATE, MAY 2021: Our archive rooms are now open to a restricted number of volunteers who have been vaccinated. We are taking a cautious and gradual approach, especially in the light of the recent increase in case numbers and will review the situation continually, in the light of Government guidance.

 

50 Years Ago

Bevercotes Colliery - a previously unpublished image.

"When Bank Hall pit closed there was no work for the likes of me in Burnley, and if you want work you've got to travel to find it." That's Syd Mason speaking. Nineteen years a miner in Burnley, he found himself without a job when Bank Hall closed for safety reasons earlier this year. So Syd uprooted himself from the home in Myers Street he had known all his 40 years and moved 130 miles to Bevercotes Colliery, on the edge of Sherwood Forest in North Nottinghamshire. He has now been dubbed "Mayor of Ollerton" by the 60 local families who followed him to the neat, red brick housing estate at Boughton, near Ollerton, five miles from the pit head at Bevercotes. He will be back in town next week recruiting for Bevercotes at the coal board exhibition in Keirby Walk.

Six hundred men, nearly all underground workers, are still needed at Bevercotes, reputed to be Europe's most modern colliery, to work the pit to its full capacity. Nearly 100 of the men made redundant when Bank Hall closed have still to find jobs.

Burnley miners at Bevercotes, Notts

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Short film by the Burnley Film Group
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