LGBTQ+ Collections @ Experience Barnsley Museum

9th February 2023

In celebration of LGBT History Month, Tracey Hebron (Collections Clerk) and Michael Hardy (Digital Engagement Curator) take a look at donations to the museum by the LGBTQ+ community.

Experience Barnsley is the memory box of the whole borough and collects objects from just yesterday to thousands of years ago which tell the stories of the people who live here. 

We are proud that this includes the stories of our LGBTQ+ community and the contribution they have made to Barnsley. Historically LGBTQ+ histories, just like those of other minorities, were hidden, so we must work harder to reconstruct this history. 

Because of this, we are actively collecting objects and stories with links to LGBTQ+ people. What would you donate to tell part of your story in Barnsley? Do you have any LGBTQ+ stories or objects to donate?

Read more about the objects already in the museum collection in this fascinating blog by Tracey and Michael.  

LGBTQ+ Collections at Experience Barnsley Museum – Barnsley Museums Blogsite (

LGBTQ+ Collections @ Experience Barnsley Museum