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. Photographs of community events held at Burnley Central Library in the 1960's to 1980's are still on display in the new Local History section in the library basement.
LOST BUILDINGS OF BURNLEY is a NEW display now at Gannow Community Centre.
LOOK OUT FOR our events to celebrate the completion of our Heritage Lottery Fund grant in March 2023 and 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

Sinbad (Rita Serrell) with members of the chorus in Briercliffe pantomime.

Briercliffe St James's got off to a good start on Saturday, 27th January 1973, with a full house for the dramatic society's annual pantomime "Sinbad the Sailor." Children are a feature of the pantomime, which was well received by an appreciative audience.

Sinbad is played by Rita Serrell, and the principal girl is Joan Griffiths. Frank Taylor is the old man of the sea, and the comedy is in the hands of Roger Kelley, Howard Rogers and Andrew Wood. Veteran player and producer Jack Berry plays the dame, and in addition to the chorus, the boys are featured as pirates.

Panto at Briercliffe

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Short film by the Burnley Film Group