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 - Life Membership is £175.

Committee Members 2019-2020

Tony Mitchell - President  :  Rita Walsh - Chairman  :  Sheila Williams - Hon. Secretary  :   Sandra Thompson - Membership Secretary : Peter Woodhead - Hon. Treasurer  :

Michael Hewitt  :  Jean Lister : Jill Turner : Paulene Woodhead - Webmaster


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Forthcoming events in 2020

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COVID-19 pandemic
The hall is closed to the public until further notice
The Stables Cafe is open for take away only.
The Shop & the public toilets hopefully open soon. Car Parks now open
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In the Housekeeper’s room   


In the Stocks Massey Gallery

BOB LORD - Born & Bred

Exhibition celebrating the life of a great character - a Burnley man whose life at Burnley football club spanned some 30 years!

In the Sanderson Gallery

The Mr x Stitch guide to Cross Stitch

Part of the British Textile Biennial

Staff at Towneley will continue to work behind the scenes, caring for the collections and working on future exhibitions and events.


Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, Towneley Hall has closed its doors to the public until further notice.

The remainder of our 2019-2020 programme up to and including the Annual General Meeting on May 18th has been cancelled.

Disappointingly, our VE Day Celebratory Concert will have to be re-scheduled. The flags and bunting will be put into storage until we are able to set another date. Incidentally, if anyone who has bought a ticket for this event would like a refund, then please do not hesitate to contact myself or Peter Woodhead.

The Treasure Hunt scheduled for June 18th and the Annual Garden Visit in July are now also sadly cancelled.

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.

The Arts Society Towneley Hall Collections

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.

Link below

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Alison, assistant curator, has updated us with goings-on at the hall during the shut down. Staff are doing a mixture of working from home and working at the hall while they tackle a large number of “behind the scenes” jobs which are always ongoing.

Alison thought that the following link to “The Arts Society” might be of interest to our members.  They will be uploading online art talks and you can find out about  the talks and also sign up for their newsletter at -www.connected.theartssociet y.org/talks-lectures  (or use the link below)

If you are on Facebook, you could “Like” and “Follow” the Towneley Hall, Historic House, Art Gallery & Museum Facebook Page to keep abreast with happenings at the hall.

Towneley Hall will be proudly lit in blue each Thursday night from 10pm till midnight to celebrate and say thank you to all those who have served our communities throughout the COVID19 crisis. Now the car parks are open, you can park and stroll in the  night air,  remembering all those who have helped you.  Please take a torch/phone to light unlit pathways.

Our President, Tony Mitchell took the photos below on Thursday night.