Ardsley treasure saved by Barnsley Archives

A huge framed display relating to the Ardsley Working Mens’ Club and Institute has been acquired and added to the collections of Barnsley Archives and Local Studies.

The display features a photograph of the club, as well as sixteen portraits of the club’s officers and committee members. They include; S. Taylor, W.L. Wadsworth, R. Massey, R. Sykes, A. Wollerton, E. Wright, C.H. Widdowson, F. Holloway, H. Gosling, J. Watling, Fred Brook, O. Bennett, W. Thewlis, R. Bird, H. Wainwright and J. Bamforth.

The display dates back to March 1919 and commemorates the purchase of the well-known and popular club. The building still stands today and now operates as an Indian restaurant.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “We are delighted to have acquired this unique item relating to the history of Ardsley. It will be added to our archive collections to be preserved and made available to the many thousands of researchers who visit Barnsley Archives each year.”