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

Canal Basin

Imagine the thriving bustle of the basin in the 1800s. The basin and steam mill (on the left) are still there.

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Barrow Colliery Disaster

Barrow Colliery Disaster remembrance card, 1907

Elsecar

The Girl Pat

Many remember the rowing boat that was set up on the reservoir in the 1940s.

Elsecar

Canal. Railway. Colliery.

The canal was cut in the 1790s and the railway arrived in 1850. The colliery shown here is Elsecar Main, 1905-1983.

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Helmet

Helmet worn by women on the picket lines against pit closures in 1984

Worsbrough Mill

Mill in need of repair

The mill became run down in the mid-20th century. Severe storms in the 1950s didn't help its condition.

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1940 PRISONER OF WAR BOWL

This tin bowl belonged to Stanley Brazier and was the only thing he ever stole in his whole life. Stan was taken prisoner by the Japanese at the fall of Singapore and was placed in the notorious Changi Prison. Whi...lst there, he was sent up country as part of the labour force. He did not wish to eat his rations from a leaf so he took the bowl when he left prison. Whilst in prison, he started to inscribe the names of new friends onto the side of the bowl. Photo © Norman Taylor

Cooper Gallery

Taormina

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

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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

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Roman coin of Crispina

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