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 April 10th



Pat Ascroft, a sprightly 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

Date for your diary

Thursday June 15th


Monday July 10th


Waddington, Clitheroe


List for people interested in going on this visit is now up and running! Speak to Rita if you would like your name added to the list.

Wednesday August 9th


Coach Trip to this exciting venue


List for people interested in going on this visit is now up and running! Speak to Rita if you would like your name added to the list.



more details about

Waddow Lodge Garden,

Leighton Hall

and the Treasure Hunt

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,
Burnley Civic Trust Costume photos

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

A new exhibition of works by local artists Hugh Gresty and Orlando Greenwood is in the Stocks Massey Gallery.

Towneley Hall photos ART UK Towneley Hall page Farmers Market Dates Fundraising More Details
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
Queens Birthday Celebration Tea ART UK - Noel H Leaver Page Link to Towneley Hall Website Link to Visit Lancashire Website Art UK