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. 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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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

Worsbrough Mill

Georgian reservoir

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

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1970s MINISTERIAL RED BOX

The design of these lead-lined boxes have changed little since the 1860s. They're designed to keep ministerial documents safe. This one belonged to Lord Roy Mason, MP for the Barnsley constituencyfrom 1953 - 1983. Photo © Norman Taylor

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Bronze Roman bracelet, 2nd to 3rd century AD.

Bronze Roman bracelet, 2nd to 3rd century AD. This roman bracelet was found during open cast coal mining at Billingley in 1950. The ends of the bracelet are moulded in the form of a serpents head. BMBC.TH.1362 Photo © Norman Taylor

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.

Elsecar

Miners Cottages, 1790s

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

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Barrow Colliery Disaster

Barrow Colliery Disaster remembrance card, 1907

Worsbrough Mill

The mill renovated

Looking beautiful in the sunshine, this shot from the 1970's reveals the results of the mill's renovation.

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Arthur Bower

Arthur Bower with his wooden rattle which he took to the first Barnsley football match in 1948