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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2 days ago

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***ATTENTION ALL GIN LOVERS***

On Friday 10th and Saturday 11th May we are holding a Gin Festival!

£12.50 - including a G&T!

With... Live entertainment, Street food and snacks AND a Festival Gin Shop

Dates and Times:
Friday 10th May | 6pm to 10.30pm
Saturday 11th May | 12noon to 4.30pm
Saturday 11th May | 6pm to 10.30pm

Tickets available from >> theginsociety-burnley2019.eventbrite.co.uk
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3 days ago

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Our wonderful comedy duo Kevin Kay and Jonathan Pye aka Simple Simon and Dame Trott will be at the Burnley town centre Light switch on alongside several chorus members at 1.15pm on Saturday. Dont miss them performing this year's audience song... it'll be a definite favourite with the kids!!!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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3 days ago

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T-Minus 7 days before Dave Spikey rides in on his motorbike Juggling!

He is here on stage at 7.30pm on Thursday 22nd November and we only have a few tickets left...

Get in touch to secure your seats for Dave's comic look back on his remarkable life and incredible journey from working class lad to much loved comedy performer and writer including Phoenix Nights, Eight out of Ten Cats, Bullseye, The Royal Variety Show, Parkinson and many more!
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4 days ago

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Pssttt.. Did you know the History Guy Dan Snow is appearing on stage here on Thursday 14th March he will be discussing his tour and his visit to Burnley Mechanics on Good Morning Britain on Thursday 15th November so why not book tickets to see him here live. ... See MoreSee Less

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Don't forget we have an afternoon show this Saturday. It is the perfect opportunity to watch the show and then get home for your favourite Saturday night TV. The performance starts at 2.30pm and it's expected end time is 5pm. Tickets available by calling 01282 664400. ... See MoreSee Less

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