Barnsley on Film returns

Due to outstanding demand, Barnsley on Film will be re-screened on Thursday 28 June at The Lamproom Theatre, Westgate, as part of the first Experience Barnsley Festival.

Barnsley on Film takes people on a fantastic journey through the decades. From the York and Lancaster Regiment (AKA the Barnsley Battalion) and bustling markets to coal mining memories and the famous ITV production ‘It’s No Joke Living in Barnsley’.

The film will be re-screened in the unique setting of The Lamproom Theatre and feature over a century of films capturing the sights, sounds, faces, places, changing landscapes and the everyday lives of people in Barnsley.

Presented by Yorkshire Film Archives, the re-screening will reveal the boroughs lost industries. Footage includes 1930s recordings of the CEAG Lightbulb factory and the new production methods of the Brook Motors works in the 1950s. Coal mining is also a strong theme running throughout, with early film from the Manvers May Day Parade in 1919, a mining review courtesy of the BFI National Archive featuring the last of the pit ponies and celebrations to mark the millionth ton of coal mined at the Woolley Colliery.

But there is much more than coal. The film also reflects on life in Barnsley overground as well as underground. With snippets from Lord Mayor’s Parades, 1960s Birdwell May Queens, a visit by the real Queen and Brian Glover fulfilling his dream to play on the Barnsley FC pitch.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “Last year Barnsley on Film was shown to sell-out audiences of over 400 people at The Parkway Cinema. We are delighted to be able to offer the people of Barnsley the chance to catch this very special nostalgic treat again as part of the Experience Barnsley Festival. I would like to say a huge thank you to Yorkshire Film Archive, Barnsley Museums and Archives and the Lamproom who have made this re-run possible.”

Graham Relton, Yorkshire Film Archive Manager, said:  "This Barnsley on Film screening is a great chance for the people of Barnsley to see themselves and their town reflected on film – the great coal mining heritage of the area, local events and industries filmed by amateurs and professionals alike. The film show is a real window onto Barnsley over the last 100 years – and who knows, people might even spot a familiar face."

Through support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Barnsley Museums and Archives Service have been working on their sound and film collections for the last two years. By teaming up with the Yorkshire Film Archive and the Friends of Barnsley Archives, they have unlocked even more of the borough’s film heritage.

The film screening is just one of the public events that form part of the Experience Barnsley Festival - Barnsley Museums first ever heritage festival. The festival runs from Saturday 23 June to Saturday 30 June hosting a variety of talks, films, workshops, and activities to celebrate the borough’s proud and exciting past. The week concludes in style with Barnsley’s annual History Day held at Experience Barnsley and the Town Hall from 11am to 3pm.

Barnsley on Film is being re-screened at The Lamproom Theatre on Thursday 28 June at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 and available now from barnsleylamproom.com.