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

Thriving industrial village

Hundreds came to live here as the village thrived. Many stories have been passed down through generations.

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.

Cannon Hall

Oak and copper smoker’s cabinet

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

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.

Elsecar

Miners Cottages, 1790s

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

Cannon Hall

Child Holding an Apple

Child Holding an Apple by Caesar van Everdingen, 1664

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

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.

Cooper Gallery

Wooded Landscape

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

Experience Barnsley

Barrow Colliery Disaster

Barrow Colliery Disaster remembrance card, 1907