Archive Collections

What are Archives?

Archives are records made or received and accumulated by an individual or organisation, and saved because of their historical value. They are primary sources, the raw material of history, unique and irreplaceable. Coming in many forms, shapes and sizes - individual documents, files, volumes, tapes, microfilms, emails, cine films, CDs, photographs, maps, plans and electronic documents - they help us to understand how an area developed and how our ancestors lived.

Types of records in our collections include:

* Business records

* Local authority records

* Parish council records

* Family & estate records

* Group & society records

* Hospital & healthcare records

* Maps & plans

* Sound and film recordings

* Poll books & electoral registers

* School & education records

* Methodist & nonconformist records

* Police records

* Motor vehicle licensing records

* Cemetery records

Remember The Barnsley British Co-operative Society?

We have a website dedicated to the society which was at the heart of the community from the 1860s to the 1970s. Reminisce about the shops that were once commonplace in most towns and villages around Barnsley and beyond: