School records dating back to 1894 donated to Barnsley Archives

Records from a school in Darfield are the latest donation to Barnsley Archives and Local Studies.

Kindly transferred from the stores of the Maurice Dobson Museum in Darfield, the records mainly relate to the former Church of England Junior School, which in 2012 became the All Saints Academy. The school log books date back to 1905 and the admission registers to 1894. The donation also includes a small number of photographs and other items relating to the school’s history.

As well as these important records, information relating to the Church of England Infant School at Low Valley have been received; principally log books covering 1904-1937. Due to falling numbers, the school closed shortly after this in 1940.

Councillor Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place said, “It is important that historic records relating to Barnsley’s history are preserved for future generations. This documentation relating to Darfield schools has been saved and donated to Barnsley Archives and Local Studies where they can be permanently preserved and made available to researchers. They are a welcome addition to the collections which already cover over one hundred different Barnsley area schools.”

Barnsley Archives and Local Studies, based in Barnsley Town Hall alongside the Experience Barnsley Museum, hold over 3000 historic collections of archives, spanning 850 years. For further information about how to access the collections visit