Commemoration of the Somme

The 1st of July 2016 marked the centenary of the First Day of the Battle of the Somme. On that Day,  around 300 Barnsley men lost their lives , including many of the 13th/14th Yorks and Lancaster Regiment – famously known as The Barnsley Pals.

To commemorate this anniversary, a new piece of temporary public art was commissioned in the Town Hall Gardens and a public event held at the War Memorial.

The artwork will now be on permanent display in Churchfield Peace Gardens - just opposite St Mary's Church.


Visitors can see the artwork in its new location and can find out more about the project itself. New interactive interpretation panels have been created to sit alongside the artwork.  By downloading the Aurasma app visitors to the memorial can use mobile devises to view footage and images about the creation of the project and those brave men seen on the Perspex panels.

To use the App please use the following instructions;

Download the app from your preferred App Store and register with Aurasma

  • Open the Aurasma app on your phone or tablet

  • Use the search function to find our channel ‘Barnsley Museums Public Auras’, then follow our channel

  • Return to the app home page and activate the camera by selecting the app’s viewfinder

  • point your device at any image on the panel containing the ‘A’ logo, wait for your device to scan the image and watch the content come to life.

The relocation of the artwork and its installation has been made possible through the kind support of Barnsley Council, Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust and the Barnsley Pals Plinth Fund.