Barnsley Heritage Connects

From great stately homes to dusty old pit tracks we celebrate Barnsley’s rich heritage and champion grass roots cultural groups borough wide. We organise heritage social events online and at amazing places and there’s always something new to do and learn about our shared heritage

An on going project by Barnsley Museums, supported by Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust. We bring people together and promote events across the borough so please get in touch if you have an event to promote or story to share. You can find us on our social media channels too: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram


Places to visit and useful contacts

Barnsley Civic Trust logo

Barnsley Civic Trust

Darfield Museum which is at the corner of the street, there is blue skies and a few clouds

Darfield Museum

The museum building is on top of a slight incline, it has a thatched roof and white and black strips on the front of the building

Cawthorne Jubilee Museum

An aerial shot of the Barnsley Main headgear

Barnsley Main Heritage Group

People making their way up the hill in the country park

Rabbit Ings Country Park

A view of the outside of the forge

Hoylandswaine Nail Forge

The band stand at Locke Park

Friends Of Locke Park

A wooden sign pointing the way to Wortley Top Forge

Wortley Top Forge

Ducks approaching the water at Dearne Valley Park

Dearne Valley Park

Up The Swanee!

Up the Swanee

Up the Swanee

Lead by Barnsley Museums, and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust (BMHT), Up the Swanee! focuses on the history of the Swanee Pond in Kendray. A much loved but often overlooked spot, which offers relaxation and a connection to nature. Although not a typical heritage spot, it has an abundance of hidden history and rich folk law to explore.

Ken and Ian in the Darield Museum shop, Ken is holding a plaque and Ian is showing to the camera a picture of Barnsley FC


We're always on the look out for guest bloggers! Here's a recent blog by Ian McMillan

Get in touch with us if you'd like to write something, it could be about a recent heritage project/event or a snippet of Barnsley's history you'd like to share with us and the world.