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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Exploring how we deal with dementia in a hilarious, thought-provoking musical comedy, Paradise Lodge looks at the nature of identity, reality, love and loss.
Friday 26th January, 7.30pm
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The legend that is Michael Jackson continues as NAVI, the world’s number one Michael Jackson tribute artist, will take you closer than you ever imagined to an original Jackson concert.
Friday 18th May, 7.30pm
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Still headed by enigmatic lead singer Garry Christian, The Christians will be playing their back catalogue and songs selected from the album WE released to rave reviews.
Friday 16th February, 8pm
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Introducing our lighter bites on the specials menu... small on portions, huge on flavour!!

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The perfect tribute to the legendary duo, The Quo Experience featuring an impressively experienced line-up including Shaun Michaels and Dave Crawte give the chance to experience the sounds and looks of Britain's biggest singles chart band of all time... just as we all remember it!
Friday 23rd February, 8pm
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