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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At Towneley Park this summer...

ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Immersion Theatre proudly bring their trademark energy to their most spectacularly bonkers show to date!

As children and adults alike are invited to join in the hilarity of seeing this classic story brought vividly to life before having the opportunity to meet the characters after the show...

why not come dressed up as your favourite? A perfect day out for the entire family, you’d be mad to miss it.

Sunday 21st July | 3pm | £14 | Children £10 | Family of Four £44 >> bit.ly/2DXvCkW
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A fabulous night with Sir Ian Mckellen ... See MoreSee Less

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“The Fire Of Olympus; or, On Sticking It To The Man” tells the story of Prometheus and Pandora in a brand-new opera by Tim Benjamin, performed by the innovative mavericks Radius Opera!

New opera, Makes you think

Saturday 14th September | 7.30 | £14 | Concessions £12 >> bit.ly/2U5yfKJ
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Its Here after a 2 week break Episode 66 of Curtain Call. This week Scott and Raynor get reacquainted with you, we give some show updates and tell you about some new shows for Autumn. Scott won't stop talking, Raynor makes a funny noise and all the madness is back. Dont forget to Like Comment and Share ... See MoreSee Less

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Back by popular demand...

The World Famous ELVIS Show starring Chris Connor

With his 12 piece band and backing vocals by The Sweet Harmonies!

Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd June | 7.30 | £26.50 >> bit.ly/2KNTEUM
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