What difference a year makes

23rd March 2017

Barnsley Museums and Heritage Trust launched in February 2016 and since then has a fantastic response and great support from the public and local organisations.

The Trust was established as a fundraising body for Barnsley Museums. The main objective of the organisation is to raise money to support the service and in the last year the Trust has supported many projects to preserve and animate Barnsley’s rich heritage.

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.

The next twelve months will be just as exciting and challenging, the Trust has committed to raise money to support learning activities that will be linked to a unique Egyptian exhibition curated by Barnsley’s own Egyptologist Joann Fletcher.

Margot Walker, Chair of Barnsley Museums and Heritage Trust said: “We really couldn’t have achieved so much without the support of our friends, sponsors and donors.

“I really just want to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped us to achieve our ambitions so far. Raising money is always a challenge and every penny really does make such a difference, people can become members via our website or support us from our donation boxes that are located around the venues.”

Lynn Dunning, Group Leader – Museums and Heritage Culture and Visitor Economy at Barnsley Council, added: “Barnsley Museums forms a significant part of the towns history but also its future developments. We have five wonderful venues that welcome more than 1,000,000 people through their doors each year and we couldn’t be more proud of what we have achieved with the support of the Trust.”

For more information about the trust and how people can show their support please visit or contact Catherine or Sharon on

What difference a year makes