Designed by Architect James Green of Todmorden, Burnley Mechanics opened its doors in 1855 as a shining example of the Mechanics Movement. It aimed to provide better education and skills for the rapidly expanding workforce to meet the needs of a changing society during the industrial revolution. Local people flocked to the venue to enjoy classes in arts, science and technology and Burnley Mechanics became the focus of the town’s cultural activity.

As a result of changing social and economic patterns the original Mechanics Institute closed in 1959. In the early 1960’s the building was purchased by Burnley Council and Burnley Mechanics took on a new role as an entertainment venue, hosting famous performers, including a young singer called Tom Jones. For the next 18 years, the building had a variety of uses from concerts to ballroom to bingo club, finally closing for extensive refurbishment in 1979.

Burnley Mechanics was re-opened in 1986 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth as the town’s premier entertainments venue and in the years that have followed the Mechanics have hosted some of the world’s finest talent from all realms of the performing arts including the highly acclaimed Burnley International Blues Festival which helps to ensure its international status as a unique and bustling venue.

Burnley Mechanics is a tribute to the people of Burnley, people who backed the rebirth when it was most needed and have supported the arts and entertainments so well throughout its history.

 


 

Burnley Mechanics Conservation Statement

Below is an online version of The Burnley Mechanics Conservation Statement; this is a Heritage Lottery funded research project that plots our 160 year history and explores our significance both architecturally as a Grade II* listed building and within the mechanics movement as a whole. The purpose of the plan is to help us conserve, enhance and investigate opportunities for the future but you’ll probably enjoy browsing through the old plans and photographs and learning a little more about our past.

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Join us for the first ever Mechanics Gin and Jazz Club, as we welcome the Jane Smith Quartet to the Front Room. Playing everything from jazz classics such as The Lady Is A Tramp, At Last and Autumn Leaves to more modern jazz and funk tunes by Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. Sit back, relax and sip on one of our speciality gins (other drinks are available), as our Front Room is transformed into an intimate Jazz club for the night.
Sunday 24th September, 7pm
Tickets £8
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Keep your eye out for our Gruffalo characters that we've got up around the Mechanics as we get ready for The Gruffalo in October.
Get ready to join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?
Songs, laughs and scary fun for children of all ages and their grown-ups, in the much-loved show that’s toured Britain and the world!
Monday 2nd - 4:30pm & Tuesday 3rd October, 10:30am & 1:30pm
Tickets £12.50
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Take yourself back to the golden age of Liverpool's music, comedy and entertainment with ROCKIN' & ROLLING WITH LAUGHTER on Friday 27th October.
Featuring a stellar line-up including The Merseybeats, Beryl Marsden, Mick Miller, Berni Flint, The Merseys and The Dakotas. PLUS an amazing appreciation of Cilla Black.
The show will be a totally unique mixture of the best in Merseybeat music and scouse comedy, taking inspiration from TV classics such as Opportunity Knocks, Ready Steady Go, Top of the Pops and Juke Box Jury.
Tickets £24 / £23 concessions
Pre-show dining is available 2 hours prior, booking is essential!
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BANDS IN THE PARK 2017 PLEASE LIKE & SHARE LIVE MUSIC & FAMILY FUN BANDS ON THE DAY: The Joe Publix Barry Garlow & The Good For Nothin's Deacon Brody Roadkill Revival @BICUIT BROTHERS INNER FRENZY A...

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Our Tommy
An evening of theatre and live music to celebrate and remember the centenary of Burnley lad Thomas Whitham being awarded the Victoria Cross at the battle of Passchendaele in WW1.
A devised theatre show presented by students of Thomas Whitham Sixth form and a live music set from Manchester folk band, Harp and a Monkey make up an evening of spine tingling entertainment.
Wednesday 27th September, 7:30pm
Tickets £10 / £5 members of Royal British Legion / £3 students
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