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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1940s WOODEN RATTLE

Barnsley FC's own historian, Arthur Bower, first spun his rattle at the first Barnsley Football Club match at Oakwell in 1949, which was Barnsley's cup tie against Blackpool. Many people took rattles to football matches at this time and often painted them in team colours. Originally, the rattle was used by Arthur's family members in World War II, they worked as Air raid Wardens and would use the rattle to warn residents of the threat of gas attacks. Photo © Norman Taylor

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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

Family visit, 1970s

Ever since the mill opened to the public in the 1970s, it's been a much-loved place to visit for local families.

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.

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Barnsley football team

Barnsley football team with the FA Cup, 1912

Elsecar

Rows and Rows

Follow Wath Road and watch how the village expanded, with rows of cottages built end on end.

Cannon Hall

Child Holding an Apple

Child Holding an Apple by Caesar van Everdingen, 1664

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BLACK-GLAZED CERAMIC FLOOR TILE c.AD 1200-1300

Medieval tile fragment, glazed in yellow and black from the church floor at Monk Bretton Priory. BMBC.TH.1246 Photo © Norman Taylor

Worsbrough Mill

Georgian reservoir

Built to feed canals that supported massive industrial expansion in the area. Completed in 1802.

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Dave Allemby

London 2012 Olympics touchbearer Dave Allenby