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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Cannon Hall

Capriccio

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

Cannon Hall

Rene Lalique figurine

Rene Lalique figurine, c.1900

Elsecar

Miners Cottages, 1790s

Plans by Georgian architect John Carr for Miners Cottages at Elsecar (thanks to Sheffield City Council).

Experience Barnsley

2005 SIGNED ARCTIC MONKEYS POSTER

Timm Cleasby, a photographer from Birdwell, was the Arctic Monkeys' tour manager in their early years. The band famously played Birdwell WMC in the summer of 2005, just a coupe of months before their debut album became the fastest selling debut album in UK chart history, selling 363,735 copies in the first week. The band studied at Barnsley College. Photo © Norman Taylor

Worsbrough Mill

Reg Steel

One of the many millers whose stories can be discovered at the mill. Reg was here in the 1920s and 1930s.

Cannon Hall

Ceramic Vase

'Cannon Hall' ceramic vase made by Sian Leeper for Moorcroft, 2007

Experience Barnsley

Glass epergne

Glass epergne made by Wood Brothers for the 1851 Great Exhibition in London

Elsecar

Working in the New Yard

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

Cooper Gallery

Peggy Airey

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

Experience Barnsley

EARLY BRONZE AGE STONE HAMMER HEAD, c.2000 BC

This hammer head was found during the construction of Scout Dyke Reservoir at Ingbirchworth in the 1920s. Although for the past 40 years it has been used as a door stop! The hammer was owned by William Wadsworth who worked at Barnsley Corporation Waterworks, based at the town hall. The hammer was passed through the family and played with by grandchildren for decades. (LI.BMBC.TH.2012.14) Photo © Norman Taylor