23rd Jul 2022 -
30th Oct 2022

12:00 - 17:00

90 Years of Film Making in Burnley

Burnley’s culture and heritage has been recorded on film for over 90 years. This summer we are hosting an exhibition to celebrate Burnley on film with archive footage, visual displays, camera equipment and artefacts from film makers in the town.

Sam Hanna was perhaps the most well-known Burnley film maker. He was born in the town in 1903, his ground breaking films of local craftspeople brought him recognition from the Royal Society and British Film Institute.  Following Sam Hanna’s lead a new generation of local people were inspired to make films and today Burnley has a thriving industry in film and video production.

The exhibition has been brought together by the Burnley Film Makers group which began as Burnley and District Amateur Cine Society in August 1931 at the Mechanics Institute. Last year the group celebrated their 90th anniversary. 

To find out more about the Burnley Film Makers visit there website here.

sculpture stares out of window

Towneley Hall is now open to the public.

During our period of closure staff have been busy working on essential maintenance to the hall, ensuring its place in Burnley’s history for another 600 years. Currently this means the Great Hall is closed whilst we undertake surveys and repairs to the Grade I listed ceiling.

Thank you for your support.