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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Experience Barnsley

BISCUIT FROM FIRST WORLD WAR, 1914-1918

George Burnett was 33 when he enlisted in the First World War to the 13th Yorks and Lancs Regiment in 1914. According to his army enlistment record, he had previously worked in a chemical factory. He was married to Eva Thornton and lived at King Street, Barnsley. George was lost on the Somme in 1916 for four days, and was later treated for Shell Shock in an army hospital. He brought home many items from the trenches, including this army issue biscuit. He returned to Barnsley to work in Borrow Colliery after being discharged from the army in 1919. Photo © Norman Taylor

Elsecar

Working in the New Yard

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

Experience Barnsley

BUGLE, 1943

This bugle was played by Don Booker MBE in the Barnsley Army Cadet Force Band in 1943. In later years, it was converted into a table lamp. The band was based at Barnsley Drill Hall, Eastgate, now occupied by the Barnsley Chronicle. The bandmaster was Reg Rapson who also played in a dance band. 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.

Cannon Hall

Oak and copper smoker’s cabinet

Oak and copper smoker’s cabinet made by Shapland & Petter, c. 1900

Experience Barnsley

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

Wooded Landscape

Wooded Landscape with a Bridge in oil on panel by Roelandt Savery (1576-1639), Cooper Bequest.

Worsbrough Mill

Georgian reservoir

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

Elsecar

Elsecar by the Sea

Swimming and boating on the reservoir became so popular that a beach was made!

Experience Barnsley

1970s NIPSY STICK, NIPSYS AND BRICK

This is Frank 'Yank' Lenthall's Nipsy stick. Highly respected player 'Yank' wouldn't give awar any secrets about how he made his sticks. Don Chambers says "You get a house brick, put it on the ground and slightly tilt it back, put your nipsy -shaped like a pigeon's head - on it... then tap it. It flies up in the air and you strike it when it rises." Photo © Norman Taylor