WELCOME TO THE TOWNELEY HALL SOCIETY

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 2017, the Society provided a total of £144,140 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 2017 - 2018

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 September 25th

1.30pm

CULTURE! LEISURE! PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE

John Harbour sets out the aims, objectives & aspirations of Burnley Council, followed by questions.

Then , if you wish, Afternoon Tea in the Green Room to celebrate the Completion of the Events Car Park

£5 for the Afternoon Tea



Monday October 9th

1.30pm

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF A FAMOUS KIND

Noel Moloney loves a good gossip

(don’t we all?) and promises to keep us enthralled and entertained



Monday November 6th

2.00pm

FUN QUIZ AFTERNOON

Teams of no more than 5 are invited. Join up with other members or bring along  your own team to Towneley Hall. Non members welcome.

Refreshments included

£6



Monday November 13th

1.30pm

THE LOVE LIFE of JOHN O’GAUNT, FIRST DUKE OF LANCASTER

Presented by Dr Graham Kemp, Assistant Manager of Lancaster Castle



Monday November  27th

2.00pm

Tour of the Iconic Midland Hotel, Manchester.

We  will meet at the hotel where our guide, Barbara Warnock will escort our party around the exterior and interior of this landmark hotel with its eclectic Edwardian Baroque style of architecture Followed by afternoon tea  

£20.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Please speak to Rita.



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Summer opening -  Saturday  through to Thursday  12 - 5pm - last entry 4pm -
plus Fridays during school  holiday periods  in July & August
NOTE - from 6th November until February half term (winter closure) the hall will only be open on Saturdays and Sundays - 12.00 until 4pm - last entry 3pm.
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. Please bring your membership cards to show that you are a member.
The shop/reception will be open every day throughout the year 12.00 - 4pm
      Christmas Craft Fair  26th November     
Christmas Carol Concert (Ticket only event) 3rd December
The hall/art gallery is available all year for private group & school bookings and for private events
ART UK - Noel H Leaver Page Link to Towneley Website Link to Visit Lancashire Website Art UK

New Exhibition in Housekeepers Room - The paintings of Thomas Whalley


In The Decorative Arts Room - Towneley’s Pilkington  Royal Lancastrian Pottery collection

There is a new local history exhibition in The Burnley Room featuring Hugh Colvin & Thomas Whitham who were both decorated with The Victoria Cross WW1.

In The Stocks Massey & Sanderson Galleries (off the Art Gallery)

16th September - 28th October  The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2016

............... and, around the hall, there are four exhibits in the exhibition “The Social Fabric”  -  only at the hall for another couple of weeks so why not go and see if you can find the exhibits.  Here are some clues as to where they are ..............