Stories of Slazenger

Experience Barnsley Museum is searching for stories about Slazenger for a future exhibition on how the sporting giant impacted on the town.

In 2022, the award-winning museum will open a new exhibition based on the social history of the now closed Slazenger’s factory, which was once a major employer for the area. The busy factory was full of camaraderie, always bustling and was unique in the fact that made all the balls for the Wimbledon tournament.

The exhibition will feature a new documentary style film based on life at the factory and have lots of fun activities that people of all ages can take part in.

The museum team is looking for any stories or memories relating to the factory and would love to speak to anyone who worked there so this important part of the borough's industrial heritage can be recorded for the future.

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Regeneration and Culture) said: “Experience Barnsley has undergone some exciting changes over recent months with a whole host of new objects relating to the town's fascinating past to discover.  As well as the permanent displays there is a brilliant programme of exhibitions planned including the one based around the Slazenger factory.  Another amazing example of  Barnsley, its people, industries and ambition having a huge impact around the globe.”

To share memories people can contact Steven Skelley, Community Heritage Curator at 

When the exhibition opens the museum will throw a big party in celebration of Barnsley’s brilliant balls!