Burnley Civic Trust Meetings

We are pleased to announce that with effect from November 2022 our Monthly meetings - open committee meeting format - are to resume at the Town Hall commencing 7.00pm, usually on the first Wednesday of each month-(but check please on Agenda page)

The aim is for every third meeting to be an "Activity" rather than a business meeting with a member or guest giving a talk or presentation on a topic of interest. We will be announcing such meetings in the forthcoming meeting agenda when appropriate.

Non members with an interest in the Civic Trusts aims are welcome to attend our meetings, by prior notification of intent. We discuss at each meeting Planning matters which affect our town and welcome new members who have an interest in seeing Burnley become a better place to live and work.


Burnley Civic Trust Awards 2020-22

Our normal awards had been delayed during the pandemic period, but were finally brought to fruition
with a successful evening that preceded our Annual General Meeting at the Finsley Gate Wharf canal-side
development-perfect place for our event to show our appreciation of various projects that have enhanced
our town over the last 3 years.
Burnley Borough Council Greenspaces & Amenities Teams
For: Thompson Park Restoration, Improvements & Enhancements
For: Floral displays in the Towns centres and over the Borough
Mount Sion Church, Walk Mill, Cliviger
For: Successful completion of a scheme of improvement and renovation with careful consideration of less
abled persons access.
Cliviger Village Hall
for: Refurbishment and continuing improvement of an important Community Facility
Padiham Road Methodist Church
for: Renovation and careful, well planned alterations to the church enabling the creation of a community
hub for the Ightenhill area.
Finsley Gate Wharf Ltd
for: The comprehensive renovation and sympathetic restoration of important historic canal-side buildings
to form a modern leisure and educational facility
Mark Crabtree Landmark Centre, School Lane Burnley.
for: Complete restoration and modernisation of William Waddingtons 1873 built Burnley Grammar School
to create a viable and modern business and technology centre
Joseph Lanzante
for: Renovation of the Chapel and creating well planned small business workplaces with attention to both
internal and external detail and appearance.
Andrew, Helen and Thomas Bottomley Briercliffe Burnley
for: Restoration and renovation of historic handloom weavers cottages to create modern residential and
attractive home at Low Sym Simpson Lane Briercliffe, Burnley
Mr Peter Isherwood, Old Russia Farm, Brandwood Fold, Edgeworth, Nr Bolton
Award made for: Excellent skilled workmanship in restoring the partially demolished bridge at Shedden
Clough, Hurstwood.


St Peters 900th Anniversary Heritage Show 10 September 2022


On the 10th September 2022, Burnley Civic Trust and the BCTHIC team supported the 900th anniversary heritage show at St Peters Parish Church in Burnley with other heritage associated organisations. We showed as many images as we could find of the Church and it's locality as we could. Our Vice Chairman-Roger B. Frost was busy with his historic tours of the Churchyard and some internal parts of the Church-tours that were welcomed by many interested in its glorious history.
Our Burnley Mayor - Cosima Towneley and photographed with our members - was a welcome guest who showed great interest in the Civic Trusts projects and news of our Awards Event in October


3 August 2022

We enjoyed a guided tour of the former Burnley Grammar School, School Lane, Burnley with guests of the Trust. To some members it was a very nostalgic visit-reminiscences of their educational days were expressed throughout the afternoon, with tales of visiting the Headmasters study, climbing the fire escape, chemistry science facilities, school assemblies and music teachers of reknown.

All members were delighted to see what an excellent restoration and modernisation of this 1873 dated building has been carried out to enable a 21st century use.


Wavertree Society Visit

13 July 2022 - we welcomed The Wavertree Society to Burnley. Meeting at the Mechanics Arts Centre and after coffee, they were very impressed with the theatre with a short talk by Roger Frost about it history.
The group then progressed up to the Weavers Triangle which had been opened for their tour by the volunteers of The Toll House.
Their town visit then followed with a short walking tour of Burnleys 19thC and early 20thC prominent buildings conducted by Roger Frost.
To conclude their Burnley visit a tour of Queen Street Mill had been arranged by their Chairman.


University of Manchester - Levelling Up discussions


Past events


3rd April 2019

At Burnley Town Hall volunteers from the Burnley Civic Trust Image Archive team gave a slide presentation about how the archive came into being. Featured in the presentation was:

  • a selection of images from the archive of Burnley Express negatives of buildings, people and events over the years.
  • a look at the history of the Odeon Cinema and the later Sainsbury's development on the site
  • a special collection of images around St, Peter's Church and Burnley town centre (not yet available on the website)

Light refreshments were served at the end of the presentation which gave the audience an opportunity to discuss the images and find out more about the archive.

The audience awaiting the presentation

The audience awaiting the presentation

Burnley Civic Trust Chair, Roger Frost, giving an introduction.

Burnley Civic Trust Chair, Roger Frost, giving an introduction.

One of the slides showing the archive

One of the slides showing the archive

The audience as the presentation draws to a close

The audience as the presentation draws to a close


18 January 2019

Susan Barker hands over the Nelson Leader Shield an item donated to Burnley Civic Trust to relocate to a suitable recipient. It has been given to Nelson Wavelengths for display at the swimming pool.


Latest News on Burnley Civic Trust Heritage Image Collection

Following the receipt of the Heritage Lottery Grant we have been able to acquire our much needed computers, scanners and equipment to enable the Volunteer Group to progress to PG54 constructing our website. We are pleased to announce that it is now online at the web address www.bcthic.org


10 September 2018

Members and friends of Burnley Civic Trust at the entrance of the Barnfield Training Centre at Gawthorpe welcomed by Burnley F C officials to a conducted tour of the latest training facilities of the towns Premier League Football Club.


Illustrated talk by Edward Walton

Edward Walton gives an illustrated talk using the Burnley Civic Trusts photographic Archive to the University of the Third Age architectural group. The talk was concerning Bridges and Arches featuring images of Burnley & Pendle Bridges.

St.Peter's Church Burnley in the Mid 1800's.  Market Cross, Stocks and Whipping Post in foreground
St.Peter's Church Burnley 2012