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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Cannon Hall

Art Nouveau style vase

Art Nouveau style vase made of glass by Emile Gallé, late 19th Century

Experience Barnsley

Barnsley's first station

Barnsley's first station in Cudworth, 1840

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

Cooper Gallery

Wooded Landscape

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

Elsecar

Canal Basin

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

Cooper Gallery

Bath the Sublime

Bath the Sublime: Norfolk Crescent in chalk, ink line and wash on paper by Walter Sickert (1860-1942), Sadler Bequest 1932.

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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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

Hurricane Before St Malo

Hurricane Before St Malo in oil on canvas by Eugene Isabey (1803-1886), Cooper Bequest.

Worsbrough Mill

The mill renovated

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