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Parks for People

3rd February 2021
Restoring the glory and revealing the secrets at Cannon Hall Museum, Park and Gardens.
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Co-op Local Community Fund

The Co-op Local Community Fund supports projects across the UK that Co-op members care about. Our proposal was to fund the provision of tools and supplies for the volunteers at Worsbrough Mill.
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Rare volume of maps return back to Barnsley

2nd February 2021
Barnsley Archives and Local Studies has seen the return of some rare maps. With the help of Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust, Barnsley Archives and Local Studies have successfully purchased a volume of fifteen rare hand drawn Barnsley maps dating back to 1800.
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Conservation Fund

13th January 2021
We have recently funded an exciting restoration project of Victorian clothing , an 18th century chair and the most beautiful ceramic tile designed by AWN Pugin (1812-1852) the Gothic architect who designed the interiors of the Houses of Parliament.
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Barnsley Museums- Important Update

4th January 2021
Following the government’s announcement on the new national restrictions, we would like to inform all visitors that the Museums and inside spaces will remain closed until Monday, 22 February 2021.
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Emergency Funding Secured

10th August 2020
BMHT has been successful in securing emergency funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. This project will specifically target Covid19 issues and challenges over a four-month period between July and October 2020.
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Bringing a Smile During This Isolating Time

10th June 2020
Because of the wonderful BMHT supporters, Barnsley Museums have been able to put together physical activity packs for some of our local vulnerable people, who may be without internet and are isolated during this difficult time.
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Connecting Barnsley’s Heritage

8th April 2020
Thanks to the generous support of the National Lottery Heritage fund, secured via Barnsley Museums and Heritage Trust, the Barnsley Heritage Connects project has been established to celebrate Barnsley’s rich cultural heritage.
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Wentworth Castle Gardens Reopened

2nd August 2019
The reopening of the Grade I listed park and gardens is helping to provide meaningful participation opportunities for people to discover how our heritage sites are relevant to their lives.
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Cracking Ceramics!

14th November 2018
Young people in Barnsley are being given the opportunity to develop their creative and digital skills.
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Baking in the community

The team at Worsbrough Mill have been out and about in Barnsley with our new mobile bread oven, engaging children and families in the art of bread making.
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Buns on the run in Barnsley

16th August 2018
Children and community groups in Barnsley will be given the opportunity to learn traditional baking skills this Autumn thanks to lottery funding.
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Treasuring the Trees at Cannon Hall

13th July 2018
Following on from our successful Crowdfunder campaign for a nature play trail at Cannon Hall Museum in Barnsley, a wood sculptor will be on-site on Saturday 21st July to deliver two free workshops.
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BM&HT supports ‘A Dutch Golden Age’

8th June 2018
Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust is proud to support a new exhibition at Cannon Hall Museum this June where visitors can experience an extraordinary moment in art history and enjoy masterpieces by many brilliant painters.
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Barnsley on film

5th March 2018
Experience Barnsley, the town’s award-winning museum will host an exhibition to celebrate archived footage of the boroughs fascinating past.
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Celebrating Elsecar’s past, present and future

13th February 2018
Since being named one of ten ‘heritage action zones’ in March 2017, the team at Elsecar Heritage Centre have been working with researchers and archaeologists from Historic England to uncover the incredible history of Elsecar and the surrounding landscape.
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Night at the Museum

We are delighted to announce that we will be holding an exciting and unique celebration dinner at Elsecar on 9th November.
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Barnsley Museums Annual Review

14th June 2017
Over the past year Barnsley Museums has gone from strength to strength and enjoyed a number of significant successes. Read more or download Barnsley Museums Annual Review.
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Barnsley History Day

Join us for the annual Barnsley History Day in the Town Hall where you can visit a variety of stands to discover more about your local film shows and discover more in one of our special talks ranging from Barnsley born astronomer Marek Kukula to local authors.
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We Need Your Vote

13th April 2017
We are working closely with Barnsley Archives and Barnsley Museums to to preserve some wonderful items so that they can be enjoyed by future generations.
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What difference a year makes

23rd March 2017
Over the year the Trust has raised funds supporting significant exhibitions and events including the award-winning Somme artwork installation and a number of learning activities; and the conservation of a beautiful seascape in the Cannon Hall collection by Dutch artist Willem van de Velde called Calm.
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‘Great Place’ funding awarded

16th March 2017
Barnsley Museums are extremely excited to reveal that national funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England has been granted to support a £1.4m ‘Great Place' project which will celebrate the remarkable heritage of Elsecar and Wentworth Woodhouse.
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14th December 2016
It is hoped people will don Santa suits and take part in the first ever Barnsley Museums Heritage Trust Santa Dash on Saturday, 3 December.

People of all ages are invited to take part in the 200m dash, which begins at eleven am, individually or as part of a team. They can go at their own pace and in their own way. This could be walk, run, skate, scooter or wheelchair, the race is open to all.
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It was a memorable occasion for the Cooper Gallery this week, as His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, KG paid a visit.

His Royal Highness was there to take a guided tour of the newly extended gallery and view the Yorkshire With Love exhibition, which is running until 24 December showcasing work from Yorkshire artists and designers for sale for Christmas.
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Gifts…From Yorkshire with love

Talented Yorkshire artists and makers are selling unique and individually made items at an exclusive exhibition in the newly transformed Cooper Gallery until Saturday, 24 December.

Up until Christmas Eve the stunning gallery space will be filled with beautiful gift ideas ranging from jewellery, textiles, ceramics and wooden products to glassware, accessories and stunning photographs. It is perfect for those looking for a more relaxed shopping experience away from the hustle and bustle of the crowded high street.
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Prepare for a scare at Worsbrough Mill this Halloween

Chilling tales of unspeakable horror will be uncovered on the Worsbrough Mill ‘Witching Hour’ interactive ghost walks.

Taking place between Friday, 28 and Monday, 31 October, those brave enough to take part will be guided around one of Barnsley’s most atmospheric sites on a spine chilling tour.
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Have a scarily good time at Barnsley Museums this half term

Visitors will have a frightfully good time at Barnsley Museums this half term. There will be everything from bats, baking, sketching and monster masks to lantern making, storytelling, terrifying trails and Maleficent's Halloween Ball, plus much more.

Experience Barnsley will be a hive of ghostly goings on from Monday, 24 October until Saturday, 29 October. Free activities include a spooktacular crafts such as paper pumpkins, gruesome monster masks, trick or treat baskets and Halloween storytelling.
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James Martin arrives at Elsecar

TV celebrity chef James Martin will be appearing at Elsecar’s Flavours Food Festival on Sunday, 23 October.

The spectacular one day event will see the unique historical site of Elsecar transformed into a bustling food and drinks market, offering a wide variety of tasty treats and delicious beverages.
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Cannon Hall Museum celebrates their canine visitors by holding a Very Important Dog Day

As part of their current exhibition, Park Life, Cannon Hall Museum, park and gardens will be hosting their very first Very Important Dog Day.

This interactive exhibition celebrates the importance of green spaces and the many furry, four legged friends who visit them. In honour of their doggie visitors, Cannon Hall, would like to invite them and their owners to the stunning Georgian country house on Monday, 24 October, between 11am and 3pm. Here they will be allowed into the Hall for the first time to take a peek. Those dogs attending will be one of the first to have access into the gallery space at this unique one off event.
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Be part of Barnsley’s sound and vision

As part of ‘The Joy of Sound and Vision’ project, Barnsley Archives are looking for any footage or recordings relating to the borough or people from Barnsley that may be tucked away.

People who would like to get involved can call into the Learning Lab at Experience Barnsley, in the town hall, between 10am and 4pm on Wednesday, 5 October. Here they can bring in any films or tapes they think maybe of interest. Footage could be in a variety of formats including cine, reel to reel, VHS, or cassette tapes. Items can be copied and returned to the owner.
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Barnsley Museums revise opening hours

Barnsley Museums have revised their opening hours, which will see an overall increase in hours opened.

Cannon Hall has new seasonal opening hours, which will see the stunning Georgian Country House remain open to the public longer into the winter months. This year the Hall will now be open Thursday and Fridays throughout winter, as well as the weekends. It will be closed for conservation works from Saturday, 24 December and reopen Sunday 22 January, a month earlier than previous years.
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Exhibition of ground breaking prints by Pablo Picasso soon to arrive at the Cooper Gallery

An exhibition of wonderfully bold and colourful artworks by Pablo Picasso will open at the Cooper Gallery on Saturday 21 January 2017.

The Cooper Gallery is one of just three venues across the country to be hosting Picasso Linocuts, an exhibition on loan from the British Museum, supported through the generosity of the Dorset Foundation. This is a rare opportunity to see these unique linocuts, which are on tour around the UK for the very first time.
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Launch event was a great success

19th February 2016
Mr Joseph Locke gathered the crowds at Experience Barnsley with a roaring welcome speech and a moving tribute to the town’s historical wealth: “But when we talk of history we must not only think of that which has passed away; no, we must think instead of what has been before and how this has laid the foundations for what is to come.”
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Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust Launches

18th February 2016
It is hoped that local people and businesses will support the Trust in their aims. By doing so they will help elevate Barnsley’s museums and galleries, making them even more enjoyable for people and communities.
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How your support will help

2nd February 2016
Barnsley Museums and Heritage Trust was created to ensure that Cannon Hall, Worsbrough Mill, Cooper Gallery, Elsecar Heritage Centre and Experience Barnsley are each able to continue their vital work for the community.
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