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

Barnsley's first station

Barnsley's first station in Cudworth, 1840

Experience Barnsley

Dave Allemby

London 2012 Olympics touchbearer Dave Allenby

Cooper Gallery

Peggy Airey

Peggy Airey in oil on canvas by Abel Hold (1815-1896), Fox Bequest.

Cannon Hall

Pewter centrepiece

Pewter centrepiece made by Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik, c. 1895

Elsecar

Elsecar Park, mid 20th century

Created in its current form in the 1920s, the park is an award-winning greenspace that holds many memories.

Elsecar

Rows and Rows

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

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

Child Holding an Apple

Child Holding an Apple by Caesar van Everdingen, 1664

Experience Barnsley

PRISONER OF WAR MESS TIN, 1942

Frank Hadfield was a gunner in the Royal Artillery and was taken prisoner of war on 15th February 1942 in Singapore where he entered a Japanese camp for three years. He was treated very badly; beaten, tortured and starved. He was seventeen stone when he left and six and half when he returned. Frank never should have gone to the Far East, he was destined for Iceland but their ship from Liverpool was given the wrong orders. As they arrived they were ordered to surrender and taken in cattle trucks to camps. He was made to work on the railways and kept a diary of events throughout the war. Some entries are very brief, as being caught writing his diary was almost certain death. This mess tin was carved by Frank with a nail during his time as a prisoner of war. You can see his name, number and regiment. He was released on 16th August 1945 and put on the first ship back to Southampton, arriving in October. He spent nine months recovering in hospital and suffered all his life with the terrible memories. He lived until 76 years old and worked at brickworks at Monk Bretton Colliery when he returned to Barnsley. 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.