Collections

Barnsley's museum and archive collections include fine and decorative art, social and industrial history, archaeology, archival documents and photographs, local studies literature and sound and film. 

If you would like to make an enquiry about the collections, please email artsmuseumsandarchives@barnsley.gov.uk

 

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Elsecar

Elsecar Park, mid 20th century

Created in its current form in the 1920s, the park is an award-winning greenspace that holds many memories.

Cooper Gallery

Peggy Airey

Peggy Airey in oil on canvas by Abel Hold (1815-1896), Fox Bequest.

Elsecar

Working in the New Yard

Thousands have worked in the workshops, offices and ironworks that are now packed with visitors and shops.

Cannon Hall

Bronze ‘Pan’ figurine

Bronze ‘Pan’ figurine made by Gertrude Spencer-Stanhope, c. 1900

Experience Barnsley

1960 SLAZENGER'S TENNIS BALLS

From the 1880's and for more than a centurym Slazenger's Barnsley factory sent tennis balls and equipment around the world, including to the Wimbledon Championship every year. With the company's reputation at stake, only the best and most experienced employees were put on the 'Wimbledon Section'. Products were rigorously tested and checked. Photo © Norman Taylor

Worsbrough Mill

The New Mill

The three story extension to the mill was built in the 1840s, to house a new steam engine, storage floors and more.

Cooper Gallery

A Street in Lericci

A Street in Lericci in oil on panel by Frederick Lord Leighton (1830-1896), Cooper Bequest.

Cooper Gallery

Taormina

Taormina in ink and watercolour by Edward Lear (1812-1888), Sadler Bequest 1932.

Cannon Hall

Capriccio

Capriccio: A Colonnade Opening onto the Courtyard of a Palace by Giovanni Antonio Canal, c. 1765

Experience Barnsley

Roman coin of Crispina

Roman coin of Crispina, wife of Commodus, AD 180-183