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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2016 - Forthcoming events...

Monday September 12th


“The Artefacts of Folk Magic”

Peter Watson takes a look at some of the charms and mystical items traditionally used to cure, heal and protect.

Monday October 10th


Oliver Cromwell’s Northern Journey of 1648

Nick Burton leads us in the steps of the Lord Protector through Yorkshire & Lancashire

Monday November 7th




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

Non-members welcome

Refreshments included


Monday November 14th


The Ellen Nussey Scrapbook

Audrey Hall inherited Ellen Nussey’s scrapbook containing newspaper cuttings about  Charlotte Bronte - Audrey introduces a DVD revealing the content.

Monday December 12th




Members Only

Burnley Alliance Silver Band entertain and invite you all to join in a traditional singalong followed by a Festive Afternoon Tea

Monday January 9th


Queen Victoria

Pat Osborne enlightens us on the private life of the long-reigning Monarch which gave rise to much rumour and speculation in the days before paparazzi and mobile phones. This meeting has been sponsored by a Society member who wishes to remain anonymous.

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

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
The De Morgan Foundation’s National Touring Exhibition - Sublime Symmetry : The mathematics behind William De Morgan’s ceramic designs
Exhibition has now transferred to Cannon Hall, Barnsley.
Link to Visit Lancashire Website Link to Towneley Hall Website

In The Collections Room on the first floor (the old Burnley Room)  - an exhibition of Towneley Hall’s Pilkington’s Royal Lancastrian Pottery collection. All the collection will be shown in rotation.

In The Housekeeper’s Room - an exhibition of paintings by Elizabeth (Betty) Foster

In The Sanderson Gallery - a new exhibition “The King of Cats” - Lancashire folk tales told through the medium of painting, ceramics and film.

In The Stocks Massey Gallery  - Generation Tour : Musical Chairs. A different slant on the game where artists use craft, design and technology to create new ways of communicating.

COMING SOON (5th November - 5th February)

Noel H Leaver exhibition featuring some of his watercolours and the work of children from Roughlee & St Mary’s primary school. (Noel H Leaver is buried in the churchyard there)


September 9th, 10th, 11th - Heritage Weekend

Sunday September 25th 2016 2.00pm An Afternoon Piano recital  by Maria Ratcliffe  with refreshments

£5   Proceeds to The Towneley Hall Society  and Breast Cancer Charity.

October 2nd - Wedding Fair by Little White Wedding Books

Towneley Hall photos Paintings On Line Farmers Market Dates Fundraising More Details
Summer hours - Open Saturday to Thursday 12-5   -   also open on Fridays during school hols
Winter hours from November 6th  - Saturday & Sunday only 12-5.  
The De Morgan Foundation link Cannon Hall Website Queens Birthday Celebration Tea