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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Barnsley's first station

Barnsley's first station in Cudworth, 1840

Cannon Hall

Oak and copper smoker’s cabinet

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

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Arthur Bower

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

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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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2005 SIGNED ARCTIC MONKEYS POSTER

Timm Cleasby, a photographer from Birdwell, was the Arctic Monkeys' tour manager in their early years. The band famously played Birdwell WMC in the summer of 2005, just a coupe of months before their debut album became the fastest selling debut album in UK chart history, selling 363,735 copies in the first week. The band studied at Barnsley College. Photo © Norman Taylor

Cooper Gallery

Hurricane Before St Malo

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

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1970s NIPSY STICK, NIPSYS AND BRICK

This is Frank 'Yank' Lenthall's Nipsy stick. Highly respected player 'Yank' wouldn't give awar any secrets about how he made his sticks. Don Chambers says "You get a house brick, put it on the ground and slightly tilt it back, put your nipsy -shaped like a pigeon's head - on it... then tap it. It flies up in the air and you strike it when it rises." Photo © Norman Taylor

Elsecar

The Girl Pat

Many remember the rowing boat that was set up on the reservoir in the 1940s.

Elsecar

Rows and Rows

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

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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