The Museum is jam-packed with stories of life in Barnsley. It’s a great place for locals to explore their heritage and for visitors to discover our amazing borough.
As well as presenting a timeline, the museum also explores working life, leisure time, and home and family over the years. We’ve continued to collect since opening, from medieval finds to Victorian costume to digital photos of life in lockdown. Whether you like reading about people’s lives, looking at photos, examining objects, watching films or getting hands-on, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
We love to explore and research the collections to come up with new stories and new ways of presenting them to visitors. We have a dedicated gallery for temporary exhibitions and our annual programme includes exhibitions curated from the museum and archive collections. Recently featured topics have been Barnsley Canister Company, the Second World War and our amazing film archive. You can find out about these and more on our blogsite.
We often add new objects and stories to the displays in the Museum as well to showcase new donations or items from the stores. In 2020 the Museum underwent its biggest redisplay since the doors opened. The latest displays feature many new stories from disability in Victorian Barnsley to the amazing courage of a prisoner-of-war in Second World War Greece. We hope you enjoy finding out more and make sure you let us know what you think and what you’d like to see more of!