Burnley Historical Society

News and Views


Burnley Literary Festival 2018

28th September - 1st October 


This annual festival will consist of four days of literary themed activities across Burnley town centre.

It is hoped that one of the items of particular interest to our Society will be a lecture about the relocation during the early years of World War II of the world famous theatrical companies the Sadlers’ Wells Opera and Ballet and the Old Vic Theatre, under the equally famous impresario Sir Tyrone Guthrie. The speaker will be Dr. Christopher Fitz-Simon and will be based on his recently published book “Rise above! Letters from Tyrone Guthrie” and his talk is called “Tyrone Guthrie in WW2: from Dunkirk to Burnley”.

The arrangements have still to be confirmed so keep your fingers crossed.

Further details about the Festival can be seen at www.burnleyliteraryfestival.co.uk

added 24/07/2018 


 Dan Snow’ History Tour


The well known TV presenter Dan Snow will be conducting a country wide History Tour during 2018–19. His talk will feature anecdotes and experiences from his career as a broadcaster and historian and will include facts and stories relating to each town visited.

He will visit Burnley Mechanics on March 9th, 2019.

Sounds interesting. We wonder which Burnley stories will feature!

added 24/07/2018 

New venue for meetings

As mentioned in the August 2016 Newsletter, we are leaving the New Church
at the end of this season. We have now found a new place for future meetings
from September 2017 onwards. This will be the Parish Rooms at St. John the
Baptist church on Ivy Street. It should be very good as the hall is the size we
want with the requisite number of chairs, kitchen and toilets. There is also a
large car park just outside the hall so no more on street parking.
Many members will already know where St. John's is but if you don't it is just
off Briercliffe Road. If you are coming from the Prairie it is on the left the next
street past Brennand St. If you are coming from the Centre it is on the right
just after Newman St and the LIdl traffic lights. Turn right at the pelican
crossing, When you turn into Ivy St. the car park entrance is immediately on
your right. The entrance to the Parish Rooms is at the far end of the car park
through a pair of large metal gates. The Parish Rooms are then just on your
If you are still not sure you can always Google "St. John the Baptist church,
Ivy St., Burnley" and you will get a street map with the church marked.

added 11/02/2017


If you are interested in online social networking services or even if you are not why not try our Facebook page. This is edited by Philip Cregan and people with access to Facebook and, if not, it is easy to log on to it, will receive updates about the Society and other local history news. The page is proving very popular having now attracted over 200 "likes". Phillip has asked members to send him photographs and information by email.
Find us on Facebook at "Burnley and District Historical Society"



Thursday, April 12th, 2018
David Glover
Buried alive? Past funeral customs in Caldervale
David gave n interesting and detailed account, largely based on the Halifax area, of funerals, funeral customs and funereal oddities, including one female corpse who/which rose from the dead having been buried in the family vault with all the trimmings!

added 15/04/2018

Membership Secretary

Following the resignation of our long serving Membership Secretary Molly Haines, Roger Creegan has kindly volunteered to fill the vacancy and has now taken over. So any queries about membership matters can now be referred to him. He can be contacted at 01282 436542 or at rmcreegan@btinternet.com

added april 2017