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 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
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Burnley Civic Trust Costume photos

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

Padiham Photographic Society exhibition is in The Stocks Massey Room

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 (Summer hours) plus Fridays during school half term holiday periods  -  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. Please bring your membership cards to show you are a member.
Queens Birthday Celebration Tea

Our latest THS visit was an evening guided tour of Ghostly, Gruesome Manchester! A dark, chilly evening - the intrepid adventurers met at The Central Library, Manchester and, there, met their guide, Suzanne Hindle who, once again, entertained with her tales of old Manchester.

The tour took us to buildings with their own history of gruesome and ghostly tales, alleyways along where once walked strange and sinister characters, a church with tombstones pertinent to ancient atrocities and the site of the old ducking pond where unfortunate women were tried and condemned as witches and where they met their sorry end in the dark waters. Suzanne, suitably attired, had many a tale to tell interwoven with the history of Manchester.  An interesting and entertaining evening.

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Ghostly Gruesome Manchester - Jan 2017 ART UK - Noel H Leaver Page Link to Towneley Hall Website Link to Visit Lancashire Website