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

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

Cannon Hall

Child Holding an Apple

Child Holding an Apple by Caesar van Everdingen, 1664

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.

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

Experience Barnsley

RECONSTRUCTED ROMAN CERAMIC VESSEL WHICH CONTAINED THE 'DARFIELD HOARD 1'

In 1947, workmen digging foundations for new houses at Darfield hit upon a pottery jar full of Roman coins, dating from the 1st to 3rd centuries. Another two hoards were uncovered in the same area in 1948 and 1950. BMBC.TH.1375 Photo © Norman Taylor

Experience Barnsley

Roman coin of Crispina

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

Cannon Hall

Ceramic bowl

Ceramic bowl made by William de Morgan, c. 1890

Experience Barnsley

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

Elsecar

Elsecar by the Sea

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

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.