Relive the towns fascinating past with a trip to Barnsley on Film

Experience Barnsley, the town’s award winning museum, are proud to host an exhibition that will celebrate archived footage of the boroughs fascinating past.

Made possible thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the Barnsley on film is the culmination of a two year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to make the sound and film collections held by Barnsley Archives and Local Studies available for the first time.

The films, which span more than a century, will be on display from Saturday, 10 March until Wednesday, 11 April and will allow visitors to take a welcome trip down memory lane. People will have the opportunity to revisit heartwarming locations and events such as; a bustling Barnsley Market in 1937, a young Queen Elizabeth II making her first visit to the town in 1955 and Mayors Parades from bygone times. Also on display will be films that have been specially commissioned as part of the Joy of Sound & Vision project. A truly immersive exhibition, people will have a unique opportunity to scan images to reveal hidden film content using with HP Reveal app.

It is not just film that will transport visitors back in time, but also a selection of oral history that is being made available for the very first time. A retro telephone will whisk people back to the past as they hear Barnsley people talking about their lives over the decades.

There will be a number of free film showings taking place alongside the exhibition including the iconic 1930s film 'Black Diamonds' on Saturday 10 March and Barnsley: A Portrait of its People on Thursday 15 March.

As part of the project, the Barnsley Archives team would like to hear from anyone who has any footage they would like to share. It maybe old film hidden away in lofts and cupboards, but no matter what the format they hope you will share it with them.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place said: “Barnsley has a fascinating past and we are extremely lucky to have many local historic events and locations captured on film. The footage documents changes and developments in the town as well as capturing many fond memories that visitors are certain to enjoy. There is no better to place to host the exhibition than in Experience Barnsley and Discovery Centre, whose collections have been built on the generous donations of people of the borough. The objects on display perfectly capture Barnsley’s history and highlight the captivating stories of the area.”

David Renwick, Head of HLF Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “We are delighted to support the Joy of Sound and Vision project, which, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, is helping more people to discover and share their own stories of Barnsley’s proud past.”

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