It is fifty years since the Society was formed to stimulate interest in Towneley Hall and Gardens.  The Hall is known locally as “The Jewel in Burnley’s Crown” and is becoming increasingly famous nationwide as television programmes such as “Antiques Master”,  “Antiques Roadshow”, “Flog It!” and “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is” have featured Towneley.

The Society meets regularly at the Hall, usually on the second Monday of the Month from September to May, and members enjoy a programme of interesting talks, film shows and live entertainment.  Throughout the year we go on organised visits to places of historical interest - previous visits have included Astley Hall, Stoneyhust College, Whalley Church, Eastby Japanese Gardens, All Saints Church in Mitton and Shibden Hall.

Fundraising is part of our work.  Additional money is raised through the Society’s collection box in the shop/ticket office. We support Towneley Hall’s programme of events and assist at social functions. Our funds have been used to purchase many items for the Towneley Hall collections and for the Hall itself. In the 15 years to 31st March 2016, the Society provided a total of £144,133 in gifts to the Hall (including the Ascroft legacy of £45,000 in 2004)

If you would like to join us, annual membership is £15  -

Committee Members 2016 - 2017

Sir Simon Towneley - Patron  :  Tony Mitchell - President  :  Pauline Roberts - Chairman  :  Rita Walsh - Hon. Secretary  :  Peter Woodhead - Hon. Treasurer  :

 Committee Members  :  Michael Hewitt  :   Sandra Thompson :  Sheila Williams :  Paulene Woodhead - Webmaster


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2017 - Forthcoming events...

Monday January 30th



A 2-hour guided tour of “Ghostly, Gruesome Manchester” with City Tour Guide, Suzanne Hindle.  

Non-members welcome.

Take the “free” bus

For those intending to join us for this walk, we are meeting at the door of the Central Library in St Peters Square opposite The Midland Hotel.

Walk starts at 5.30pm. No need to book - just turn up.

Coffee shop at Library offers refreshments

Monday February 13th



A special lecture!

Katie Grant (nee Towneley) returns to Towneley. Author, journalist, broadcaster and third daughter of Sir Simon & Lady Towneley, Katie is a lively and entertaining speaker.

Lecture in the Regency Rooms

Followed by

Traditional Afternoon Tea


Make sure your name is on the list if you are wanting to attend.

Monday March 13th



An illustrated talk with occasional musical soundtrack presented by Malcolm Tranter.

Featuring Cobble Hey, Percavall Hall, Ness, Bodnant, Abbeyfield & Holehird (a true garden for all seasons) amongst others.

Monday April 10th



Pat Ascroft, a spritely lady of 79 from Garstang presents an account of her adventures in Sweden last year after she accepted a most unusual invitation!

Monday May 8th



President, Tony Mitchell, takes us on a walk down memory lane with a selection of photographs of “old” Burnley & district

Preceded by the AGM

Pendelfin More details Membership Application Form 50th Anniversary Afternoon Tea Pictures
A message from your Webmaster!
If you have any comments or suggestions concerning the website or any ideas for items to be included on the website, please speak to me at the next lecture. Thank you  - Paulene
Burnley Civic Trust Costume photos
Link to Visit Lancashire Website Link to Towneley Hall Website

The new display in the Art Gallery is now complete - just awaiting completion of the new lighting.

The Noel Leaver exhibition is still in the Stocks Massey Gallery, adjoining the main art gallery.

Towneley Hall photos Paintings On Line Farmers Market Dates Fundraising More Details
Towneley Hall is open Saturdays & Sundays from the 7th of January until February half term
then we open Monday to Thursday -- Saturday & Sunday 12 - 5pm throughout the year until November (winter closure starts)
Please note new charges in place - £5 per adult, ticket valid for 12 months. Children & Students free.
Towneley Hall Society members plus guest still to enjoy free entry.
Queens Birthday Celebration Tea