WELCOME TO THE TOWNELEY HALL SOCIETY
The Society was formed in 1965 to stimulate interest in Towneley Hall and Gardens. The Hall is known locally as “The Jewel in Burnley’s Crown” and has become increasingly famous nationwide as television programmes such as “Antiques Master”, “Antiques Roadshow”, “Flog It!” and “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is” have all 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 there are organised visits to places of historical interest such as Whalley Church, Turton Tower, Shibden Hall, Cliffe Castle, Gorton Monastery & Leighton Hall. There is also an annual garden visit and members have enjoyed such interesting and diverse gardens as Lower Heugh Japanese Garden, Land Farm Garden, Mill Barn Garden , Stones & Roses Garden, Janet Iddon Gardens and Waddow Lodge Garden.
Fundraising is part of our work. Additional money is raised through the Society’s collection box in the shop/ticket office and by holding our now very popular book stall sales on bank holiday and special events days. 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 18 years to 31st March 2019, the Society provided a total of £167,191 in gifts to the Hall (including the Ascroft legacy of £45,000 in 2004)
If you would like to join us, annual membership is £20 -
Committee Members 2019-
Tony Mitchell -
Michael Hewitt : Jean Lister : Jill Turner : Paulene Woodhead -
Staff at Towneley will continue to work behind the scenes, caring for the collections and working on future exhibitions and events.
Alison, assistant curator, has updated us with goings-
Alison thought that the following link to “The Arts Society” might be of interest to our members. They will be uploading online art talks over the forthcoming weeks.
You can find out about the online talks and also sign up for their newsletter at
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Towneley Hall closed its doors to the public until further notice.
The remainder of our 2019-
The Treasure Hunt scheduled for June 18th and the Annual Garden Visit in July will be reviewed in due course.
Disappointingly, our VE Day Celebratory Concert will have to be re-
Being unable to attend the Towneley Hall Society meetings and events, along with the many other groups, clubs and organisations will leave a big gap in our social lives. However, we must play our part in the Government's plan to curtail the spread of this dreadful epidemic, by limiting social contact and staying at home.
Better times are ahead, and I look forward to our return to Towneley Hall, hopefully later in the year.
Tony Kitto has put together a photo gallery of Towneley's main collections for display online. It is laid out on similar lines to Art UK and is mobile friendly.