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...

Thursday June 15th


£6.50 includes supper

Setting off from bottom Towneley Car Park opposite Unity College from 6pm

Location will be Burnley!

Pie & Peas at St John’s Church, Worsthorne 9pm

Please contact Rita if you will be coming - so she can pre-order enough suppers!

Monday July 10th


Waddington, Clitheroe


A guided tour by owner, Peter Foley followed by a Cream Tea

Bookings being taken - booking essential

Wednesday August 9th


Coach Trip to this exciting venue


Coach will depart from Riverside Car Park 9.45am PROMPT

A refreshment stop will be made at “Country Harvest” near Lancaster - an hour here for your picnic, lunch/snack in the Cafe or a visit to the shop

Arrival at Leighton Hall 1.15pm for guided tour of the house followed by a display by Birds of Prey.

Bookings being taken - booking essential

Monthly lectures in the Lecture Theatre at Towneley Hall will resume in September after the summer break.

Watch this space!

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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 new display in the Art Gallery is now on show -  new lighting completed.

An exhibition of artworks from Towneley’s collection by local artists Hugh Gresty and Orlando Greenwood is in the Stocks Massey Gallery.

Burnley Camera Club. Their annual exhibition of members’ work is in The Sanderson Gallery until 5th June

Artworks by Naomi Neale feature in The Housekeepers Room - all for sale!

Please note - link to new Towneley website is below!

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Towneley Hall is now open 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
Free entry days = September 8th, 9th, 10th (Heritage weekend & Woodland Festival) - November 26th (Xmas Fair)

The hall/art gallery is available all year for private group & school bookings and for private events
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