Cannon Hall and the Polish Resettlement Corps Presentation

5th June 2024

Were you, your parents or family in the Polish armed forces during the Second World War? Or do you live in Barnsley and have Polish heritage? 

If so, you may be interested in attending a presentation at Cannon Hall on 21st June at 10.30am. 

In 1940, Cannon Hall was requisitioned by the War Office to house a camp for the armed forces. Over the period 1940 to 1949, the Cannon Hall Camp was home to different units of the British, Canadian and Polish armies and housed around 1,000 troops at a time. Polish troops stationed at Cannon Hall were part of the resettlement campaign and some of them settled in Barnsley permanently after the war. 

Author Julie Fearn discusses her book ‘The Suitcase of Secrets’ and talks about her father’s journey from Poland in World War II 

There will be an opportunity to meet others with Polish / Barnsley heritage and a chance to look at fascinating photos and maps from the Polish resettlement camp. After the presentation, there will be a walk to the site of the camp itself. 

Delicious Polish treats and refreshments will also be available. 

Please book a place by emailing: Places are free, but donations would be very welcome on the day. 

10.30am to 1pm, Friday 21st June, 2024 in The Spencer Wing, Cannon Hall, Cawthorne, Barnsley S75 4AT. 

Cannon Hall and the Polish Resettlement Corps Presentation