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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Steeleye Span live on stage tonight its the first night of their 50th Anniversary Tour ... See MoreSee Less

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Got tickets to 80's Mania this weekend?

We are pleased to invite you all to the '80's AFTER SHOW PARTY. Straight after the show we have arranged an 80's disco and the bar will stay OPEN !!!!

So don't be 'too shy shy' and at the end of the show we won't tell you to 'beat it'. Carry on enjoying the night with us.

Don't forget out Bistro is always open for pre theatre dining and we do have a few tables left so if you want to dine before hand call the box office now on 01282 664400 to secure your table.

We can't wait to see you on the night its like going to be like totally radical !!
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Its the start of a jam packed weekend here at the Mechanics!

We have folk band Steeleye Span, comedian Justin Moorhouse, 80's Mania and country singer Ryan Cook... something for everyone!
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We still have some tickets left for the very funny Justin Moorhouse who will be here this Friday...

We also have a few places left to dine with us before the show!

Friday 22nd March | 8pm | £14 | Unwaged £5 >> bit.ly/2HVBWfK
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