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 football team

Barnsley football team with the FA Cup, 1912

Cannon Hall

Capriccio

Capriccio: A Colonnade Opening onto the Courtyard of a Palace by Giovanni Antonio Canal, c. 1765

Cooper Gallery

A Street in Lericci

A Street in Lericci in oil on panel by Frederick Lord Leighton (1830-1896), Cooper Bequest.

Worsbrough Mill

Horse and cart, early 20th century

Miller Fred Watson is in this picture, he lived and milled here for decades.

Experience Barnsley

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

Elsecar

Working in the New Yard

Thousands have worked in the workshops, offices and ironworks that are now packed with visitors and shops.

Cannon Hall

Ceramic Vase

'Cannon Hall' ceramic vase made by Sian Leeper for Moorcroft, 2007

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

Canal Basin

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

Worsbrough Mill

Georgian reservoir

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