Towneley is owned by Burnley Borough Council. It is a museum, an historic house and a civic venue. You can find all the information you need to plan a visit to Towneley at www.towneley.org.uk.
Towneley from A to Z is for anyone who wants to know much more about the detailed history of the house, the family who once lived there and how the museum and its collections developed since it was opened to the public in 1903. A particular purpose of Towneley from A to Z is to provide a guide for future collections reviews to help meet the standards for UK museums set by the Arts Council's Accreditation Scheme.
A starting point for any accredited museum is a statement of purpose that defines why the museum exists and who it is for. The content of Towneley from A to Z is structured to reflect Towneley’s statement of purpose.
An entry aims to give a quick summary of what is known about a particular Towneley topic in less than 600 words. It may also provide links to more information elsewhere on the Internet together with bibliographic references.
Specific information about individual objects in the museum's collections, such as when and how they were acquired, can be browsed on-line with the Towneley Collections Viewer.