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.

Our Other Collections section is growing, with several new collections just published and others in the pipeline.
We have a new set of images entitled 'In the Paper: Clarets Fans and the Burnley Express' produced by Lancashire Archives as part of the Clarets Collective Archive in Burnley Central Library basement. Find more details about this and our display of images at The Caravan Gallery Pride of Place Exhibition from this Upcoming Events link.
We are now operating without the benefit of Heritage Lottery Funding and to help us continue would welcome donations. Please contact us for details about how to make a donation or donate online by visiting our page at JUSTGIVING

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There are now 15,000 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 Wednesday and 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 can be found in the Surrounding Districts pages and we would welcome volunteers from the Pendle area to help digitise images of this area.

We have produced a short history about the project which you can download.

50 years Ago

Quality control worker Richard Clayton is a firm believer in local government participation, so much so that he has issued a blueprint for a brighter, more beautiful Hapton.

From a story by Sheila McLennan:
Mr Clayton believes that a task force of local men could help solve many of the problems in the village. And now he has submitted his four-point plan to Hapton Parish council in anticipation of action and support for his blueprint. He calls for action on: rebuilding dry stone walls; hedge planting to hide wire fencing; tidying up demolition sites; and tree planting to improve the general environment.

Mr Clayton's blueprint received an enthusiastic response from local councillors, who said: "We are with him all the way. This is exactly what we want to do for the village. We have said this all along."

Plan For A Brighter Hapton

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Short film by the Burnley Film Group