Towneley Hall, Historic House, Art Gallery & Museum

Towneley Hall, Historic House, Art Gallery & Museum Towneley Hall, Historic House, Art Gallery & Museum. Historic House, Art Gallery and Museum, Home of the Towneley Family for over 600 years, Now owned and managed by Burnley Borough Council.
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Set in over 40 acres of historic parkland and gardens,the hall contains a fine collections of 19th century art work, Regional furniture all displayed in beautiful period rooms. Visitors can explore life "below stairs" in the victorian kitchen,servants dining room & bedroom and discover the hidden priest hide.

Operating as usual

Art UK are a wonderful organisation unlocking the UK's collections of paintings and sculptures for the public to view on...
26/05/2021
Art Unlocked: Pallant House Gallery

Art UK are a wonderful organisation unlocking the UK's collections of paintings and sculptures for the public to view online.

Follow them on Facebook to find out more about their new weekly curatorial talks which are taking place via zoom.

You can view all the Towneley Hall collection of oil paintings via the Art UK website and also a number of our watercolour paintings and sculpture.

The first in the Art Unlocked series. Join Art UK and Pallant House Gallery in exploring selected artworks from their collection.

26/05/2021

The burst water pipe in the grounds of Towneley Hall has been fixed and we look forward to welcoming people into the Hall this afternoon.

Our apologies for any inconvenience caused yesterday while the building was closed to carry out essential repair work.

Towneley Hall Art Gallery & Museum are looking forward to welcoming visitors back from Monday 24th May!Our opening hours...
14/05/2021
Book a Visit - Towneley

Towneley Hall Art Gallery & Museum are looking forward to welcoming visitors back from Monday 24th May!

Our opening hours will be from 12 midday – 4.45pm with last entry at 4pm. The Hall will continue to open six days a week (open every day except Fridays).

Book your visit via our website to help us maintain social distancing. Hand sanitizer, one way system, social distancing, mask wearing and the NHS track and trace app will all be in use to keep visitors safe. Groups of up to six people or two households can book to visit together.

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.

The art galleries are scheduled to open in July, following completion of repairs to ceilings above the Jacobean staircase.

To reflect the temporary closure of theses spaces our day admission fee has been reduced to £2.75 per adult. Annual passes are still available for £5.50.

Thank you for your support.

http://towneley.org.uk/book-a-visit/

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This week's theme for #MyLocalMuseum is #everydaysaschoolday. The photograph & postcard is taken from our online exhibit...
04/05/2021

This week's theme for #MyLocalMuseum is #everydaysaschoolday. The photograph & postcard is taken from our online exhibition 'Whish You Were Here'.

Most of us have had a photograph taken at school but not usually in a classroom setting such as this. Mabel is the girl writing the postcard to her brother serving on HMS Sappho. The school is most likely to be Burnley Wood Primary opened in the early 1900s. It followed the layout of the time, a central hall with classrooms at the side.

Mable describes herself as 'I am next to a girl with a parting in the middle, 4th from the left, on the second row'. Can you spot Mable?

You can see more of the postcard online exhibition 'Wish You Were Here' by clicking on this link: http://towneley.org.uk/online_exhibition/postcards/

For today's #MyLocalMuseum focus is #Friendship and to celebrate  we would like to share the story of a medieval posy ri...
20/04/2021

For today's #MyLocalMuseum focus is #Friendship and to celebrate we would like to share the story of a medieval posy ring which was found on the Towneley smallholdings in 1936 and later donated to the museum.

Poesy rings were given by both men and women as an expression of regard, friendship, attachment, or even love and feature short inscriptions.

The ring found in the grounds of the Hall is English, 15th century, with an inscription on the outside "I desire love" and on the inside "I keep faith with you". Benjamin Cooper donated the ring to Towneley Hall Museum in one of their branded jewelry boxes.

#burnley #towneleyhall #posyring #medieval

For today's #MyLocalMuseum focus is #Friendship and to celebrate we would like to share the story of a medieval posy ring which was found on the Towneley smallholdings in 1936 and later donated to the museum.

Poesy rings were given by both men and women as an expression of regard, friendship, attachment, or even love and feature short inscriptions.

The ring found in the grounds of the Hall is English, 15th century, with an inscription on the outside "I desire love" and on the inside "I keep faith with you". Benjamin Cooper donated the ring to Towneley Hall Museum in one of their branded jewelry boxes.

#burnley #towneleyhall #posyring #medieval

Working with Simply Schools, Towneley Hall has been able to animate one of our favourite paintings ‘What Does the Sea Sa...
16/04/2021

Working with Simply Schools, Towneley Hall has been able to animate one of our favourite paintings ‘What Does the Sea Say’.

A resource for young people wanting to achieve their Arts Award but also a great video to watch whilst our Galleries are not able to be open to the public.

If your class have their sights set on achieving their Arts Award Discover, we've got the perfect video to help!

"What Does The Sea Say?" That's the title of this intriguing artwork, painted by Henry Courtney Selous.

This fascinating new video from Towneley Hall, Historic House, Art Gallery & Museum uses some cool animation wizardry to give life to the painting, helping your class understand the story that's unfolding, and giving them great insight that will be instrumental in achieving their Award.

Watch the 5-minute video here - http://ow.ly/w8ey50Enbuj

Linking to the Hats and Hairdos for #MyLocalMuseum here is an intriguing photograph of a woman dressed head to toe in pa...
13/04/2021

Linking to the Hats and Hairdos for #MyLocalMuseum here is an intriguing photograph of a woman dressed head to toe in packaging for the local Burnley company Parkinsons Manufacturing Chemists.

The firm of Richard Parkinson, manufacturing chemist, in Burnley placed great emphasis on their advertising. Free samples could be had from the unknown roller skating woman and what a hat she is wearing in this photograph!

Parkinsons produced vibrant and colourful packaging designs and we are fortunate to have a large number of the labels in our collection at Towneley Hall. An online exhibition featuring images of the distinctive packaging and history of the company can be found on our website.

Linking to the Hats and Hairdos for #MyLocalMuseum here is an intriguing photograph of a woman dressed head to toe in packaging for the local Burnley company Parkinsons Manufacturing Chemists.

The firm of Richard Parkinson, manufacturing chemist, in Burnley placed great emphasis on their advertising. Free samples could be had from the unknown roller skating woman and what a hat she is wearing in this photograph!

Parkinsons produced vibrant and colourful packaging designs and we are fortunate to have a large number of the labels in our collection at Towneley Hall. An online exhibition featuring images of the distinctive packaging and history of the company can be found on our website.

Photos from Pendleside Hospice's post
10/04/2021

Photos from Pendleside Hospice's post

This week as part of the #MyLocalMuseum campaign we would like to highlight Creative People inspired by the local area. ...
30/03/2021

This week as part of the #MyLocalMuseum campaign we would like to highlight Creative People inspired by the local area. One person in particular in JWM Turner who visited Burnley a number of times during his artistic career and painted this beautiful picture of Towneley Hall.

Turner’s Towneley Hall, painted in 1799, shows the historic house from the south-east, encircled by venerable trees and serene parkland, the epitome of rural tranquility and prosperity.

This week as part of the #MyLocalMuseum campaign we would like to highlight Creative People inspired by the local area. One person in particular in JWM Turner who visited Burnley a number of times during his artistic career and painted this beautiful picture of Towneley Hall.

Turner’s Towneley Hall, painted in 1799, shows the historic house from the south-east, encircled by venerable trees and serene parkland, the epitome of rural tranquility and prosperity.

27/02/2021

Car park passes for towneley park can now be bought from the hall reception Monday to Thursday 11am until 3.30pm or ring 01282 477130 pay and collect , leave details on answer machine if no one there and we will ring you back.
This service is now available on a Saturday and Sunday.

This week as part of the #mylocalmuseum campaign we would like to share a shipper's ticket which would have been inserte...
23/02/2021

This week as part of the #mylocalmuseum campaign we would like to share a shipper's ticket which would have been inserted into rolls of printed cotton fabric which were produced at Lowerhouse Printworks in Burnley betwwen 1872 and 1960.

It's an unusual illustration and advert for the company Alexander Drew & Sons which links very well to today's topic of #worklife. Many people in Lancashire from the late 1700's to the 1950's worked in the textile/cotton industry in Lancashire. #Burnley #lancashire #Towneleyhall #cotton #textiles

This week as part of the #mylocalmuseum campaign we would like to share a shipper's ticket which would have been inserted into rolls of printed cotton fabric which were produced at Lowerhouse Printworks in Burnley betwwen 1872 and 1960.

It's an unusual illustration and advert for the company Alexander Drew & Sons which links very well to today's topic of #worklife. Many people in Lancashire from the late 1700's to the 1950's worked in the textile/cotton industry in Lancashire. #Burnley #lancashire #Towneleyhall #cotton #textiles

This painting from the Towneley Hall collection shows many different animals enjoying their food. The painting is called...
16/02/2021

This painting from the Towneley Hall collection shows many different animals enjoying their food. The painting is called 'The Midday Meal' by John Frederick Herring I. How many different types of animals can you see in the painting?

#MyLocalMuseum #wildlife #farmanimals #oilpainting

This painting from the Towneley Hall collection shows many different animals enjoying their food. The painting is called 'The Midday Meal' by John Frederick Herring I. How many different types of animals can you see in the painting?

#MyLocalMuseum #wildlife #farmanimals #oilpainting

10/02/2021

As part of the Lancashire Museum social media campaign, #mylocalmuseum, this week we are sharing with you Jane Vivian's 'The Grand Canal, Venice' for the theme Travel and the Wider World.

At a time when we are all dreaming of getting away and exploring, this beautiful oil painting draws you in all the more.

Do you have any photos of a trip to Venice featuring the barges and gondolas like Vivian's piece here? We'd love to see them if you do! #mylocalmuseum #lancashiremuseum

As part of the new #MyLocalMuseum campaign we will be posting information about different items and photographs each Tue...
09/02/2021

As part of the new #MyLocalMuseum campaign we will be posting information about different items and photographs each Tuesday from the Towneley Hall collection. This week's theme is Travel and the Wider World.

See below a picture of The Burnley Motor Char-a-bac outside St. Peter's Church. It looks like this group of people are getting ready for a holiday or trip out of Burnley. Char-a-bac's were an early form of transport often used for taking groups of people to specific places of interest such as traveling to the sea side. I wonder where this group were heading to?

As part of the new #MyLocalMuseum campaign we will be posting information about different items and photographs each Tuesday from the Towneley Hall collection. This week's theme is Travel and the Wider World.

See below a picture of The Burnley Motor Char-a-bac outside St. Peter's Church. It looks like this group of people are getting ready for a holiday or trip out of Burnley. Char-a-bac's were an early form of transport often used for taking groups of people to specific places of interest such as traveling to the sea side. I wonder where this group were heading to?

Due to government guidelines Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museum will remain closed to the public.The beautiful parklan...
06/01/2021
Virtual Tours - Towneley

Due to government guidelines Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museum will remain closed to the public.

The beautiful parkland at Towneley is still open and accessible. Toilet facilities (at Towneley Hall) are open Monday to Friday 10am-4pm.

For online exhibitions and resources please see our website with a range of different topics including a 3D virtual tour of our Art Galleries:
http://towneley.org.uk/online/virtual-tours/

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Hall when it is safe to do so. Your continued support is most welcome during this difficult time.

Enjoy these VR Tours while our gallery and exhibition spaces are currently not accessible.

Wishing a Happy Christmas and New Year from all the staff at Towneley Hall.Here you can see Father Christmas delivering ...
23/12/2020

Wishing a Happy Christmas and New Year from all the staff at Towneley Hall.

Here you can see Father Christmas delivering presents to houses on Hollingreave Rd, Burnley in a photograph from our collection!

The shop & toilets at Towneley Hall will be closed on the 25th December and re-open on the 2nd January.

Opening hours from the 2nd January:
Shop - 12midday - 3.45pm (everyday except Fridays)
Toilets - 10am - 4pm (7 days a week)

Alternative toilets will be open at The Rotunda inside Towneley Park whilst Towneley Hall's facilities are closed.

Before the days of the NHS 'Parkinson's of Burnley' manufactured medicines and cures for a range of ailments all hosted ...
23/12/2020
Parkinsons’ Kilkof and Kures - Towneley

Before the days of the NHS 'Parkinson's of Burnley' manufactured medicines and cures for a range of ailments all hosted in bright, eye catching packaging!

Find more information here as our online exhibition explores the family and their local business:
http://towneley.org.uk/online_exhibition/parkinsons-kilkof-and-kures/

The manufacturing chemist firm established by Richard Parkinson lasted nearly 150 years. Richard was born in Salterforth near Colne c1816 and spent much of his early life around that area. He set up a chemist business with his brother in 1848 but it was when it moved to Burnley and under the influen...

27/11/2020

Due to new government guidelines Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museum will not be open until the 9th January 2021.

Public toilets at Towneley Hall will also be open 10am-4pm Monday - Friday.

From the 7th December the Gift shop at Towneley will be open 12-4pm Monday - Thursday for carpark passes, small gifts and snacks to be purchased.

We thank all our customers and volunteers for your continued support and look forward to welcoming you back when it is possible to do so.

Now taking booking for 2021/2022
16/11/2020

Now taking booking for 2021/2022

FIND YOUR WEDDING VENUE

Towneley Hall, Historic House, Art Gallery & Museum

The historic Towneley Hall is the perfect location for your wedding and afternoon reception with period rooms hung with original works of art.

The dedicated team at Towneley would be pleased to quote for your event, quality catering partners will work with you and your budget to make your wedding a day to remember, please contact [email protected] for details.

Images courtesy Towneley Hall and weddings images Lisa Rennie Photography

Although Towneley Hall Art Gallery & Museum is currently not open you can still explore our beautiful park during the ne...
04/11/2020
Towneley Walks leaflet 2020

Although Towneley Hall Art Gallery & Museum is currently not open you can still explore our beautiful park during the next month.

Here is a link to the Towneley Walks Leaflet with more information
https://issuu.com/burnleygraphics/docs/gs_a_towneley_walks_leaflet-16833_web

A home-printable version of the Towneley Walks leaflet. Pick up a nice, foldable, version at Towneley Hall. 5 beautiful walks in Towneley Park. In recent years the network of footpaths in Towneley has been extended to allow visitors to enjoy more of Towneley’s historical landscape. Includes: Small...

03/11/2020
Towneley Hall, Historic House, Art Gallery & Museum

Great exhibition planned for 2021,watch this space for exciting news!!

Following government guidelines Towneley Hall Art Gallery & Museum will be closed to the public from 4pm today until the 5th December 2020.

The public toilets at Towneley Hall will remain open 10am-4pm Monday to Friday and you can still visit the park for autumnal walks.

There are exciting plans for 2021 at Towneley. Staff will be busy during this lockdown period behind the scenes, preparing to welcome you through the doors again when it is safe to do so.

Thank all our customers for your continued support through this difficult time.

03/11/2020

Following government guidelines Towneley Hall Art Gallery & Museum will be closed to the public from 4pm today until the 5th December 2020.

The public toilets at Towneley Hall will remain open 10am-4pm Monday to Friday and you can still visit the park for autumnal walks.

There are exciting plans for 2021 at Towneley. Staff will be busy during this lockdown period behind the scenes, preparing to welcome you through the doors again when it is safe to do so.

Thank all our customers for your continued support through this difficult time.

Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search – find Wally at Towneley Hall!Book your visit now...This Halloween, Wally, the world...
10/10/2020

Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search – find Wally at Towneley Hall!

Book your visit now...

This Halloween, Wally, the world’s favourite children’s book character – wearing a red-and-white striped shirt and black-rimmed specs – will be travelling the country, appearing in museums, including Towneley Hall. Families will be able to join the search for Wally as part of the Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search, organised by Walker Books and Kids in Museums, to celebrate the release of the new book, Where’s Wally? Spooky Spotlight Search.

Over 75 museums around the UK have signed up to run the promotion,which is perfectly timed for Halloween. The activity will run in participating museums from 9th October – 1st November 2020 and will be tailored within each museum to comply with their social distancing measures. Additional online activities will be available for those families choosing not to visit museums in person.

Families will be able to visit their local participating museum to hunt for Wally amongst their collections, as well as spell out a spooky phrase with letters hidden alongside mini Wally standees, and receive a special “I found Wally!” bookmark on completion of the search, as well as the chance to enter the Where’s Wally? and Kids in Museums grand prize draw competition to win an ArtFund Family Membership and a bundle of Where’s Wally? goodies.

Alison Bowyer, Executive Director of Kids in Museums, said:

“We’re thrilled to be working with Walker Books again this year. The last few months have been a challenging time for the heritage sector so we are pleased to support even more museums to hold a fun and safe activity this October. We hope to encourage families back into heritage sites and help them enjoy all the rich experiences on offer.”

For fun online activities, visit https://wally.walker.co.uk/

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Townley Hall, Burnley
Burnley
BB11 3RQ

No direct bus service to the Hall-Sorry.

General information

Pre booked guided tours available. Exhibition program. Pre booked Education visits. Family Fun Days. Annual Christmas Events and private Hire,incl Weddings. Last entry to the hall is 1 hour before closing time.

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Rock that i hid on Sunday x
Visited for the first time on Sunday and we loved it. Will definitely be back xx
The wildflower meadow 24 July 2020 - beautiful
All in Blue supporting the NHS 😍
Towneley Nikon d4s nikon 18-55 vr © Steveroot photography 2020
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2 small dogs are lost in Towneley near our house. We can't catch them to keep them safe. Sound very distressed in woods by our house. DM if they are yours.
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The Stumpery at top of Small Lime Walk will look amazing in a few weeks, when all the ferns appear.🤗
For information. Towneley Riverside Playground is closed for refurbishment.
Has anyone seen or handed in a green John Deere balance bike? My husband may have left it last weekend on the carpark next to the garden centre. Id like to find it and get it back as it was from his nana so it has some sentimental value.