Barnsley Archives celebrate 30 years of success

Thursday, 6 April is the 30th anniversary of Barnsley Archives, which first opened its doors in 1987.

The service has gone from strength to strength over the years with visitor figures increasing from 279 in the first year to a whopping 25,000 in 2016.

Archives began its life in a small basement in the town’s Central Library, later merging with the Local Studies Library in 1998 to become Barnsley Archives and Local Studies. In 2013 the service moved to the Town Hall, becoming part of the award winning museum Experience Barnsley.

Joining the current team for the celebration, taking place in the Learning Lab between 10am and 4pm, will be Ruth Vyse and Louise Whitworth the first two Barnsley archivists. Here a specially created birthday cake will be cut by the Mayor, Councillor Linda Burgess, at 10.30am.

Visitors and former staff are invited to attend the event and take a look at a selection of old photos and newspaper clippings. There will also be some treasures from the collection on show.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “The success of Barnsley Archives is phenomenal and we are hugely proud of the fact that they have become the busiest branch in the region.  The team based in the Town Hall are fantastic and will offer help and advice to anyone visiting, whether this is to research their family history or are looking for general information about Barnsley.”