The Barnsley Museums blogsite is updated regularly with articles about our collections, venues, projects and more. Here we have highlighted blogs that have a connection to coal mining.

Being accountable… Elsecar Colliery Ledger 1796

Over recent years, through sustained research and the work of projects like the Elsecar Heritage Action Zone, we have started to understand just how special the village of Elsecar (home to the Elsecar Heritage Centre) is in historical terms. This research has also cast new light on some fascinating Elsecar documents in Barnsley Archives. One in particular – a colliery ledger from 1796 – gives a rare insight the early years of Elsecar’s industrial past. James Stevenson, archivist at Barnsley Archives, and Tegwen Roberts, Elsecar Heritage Action Zone officer, tell us more

Volunteering with Barnsley Main Heritage Group

Guest bloggers: This blog has been co-written by various members of the Barnsley Main Heritage group which sums up the ethos of a small team who have transformed the former Barnsley Main site in recent years.

Gem From The Archives: Miners’ Relief Fund – photograph album

Paul Stebbing, BMBC’s Archives & Local Studies Officer, examines a 19th century photograph album.