Barnsley Archives was founded in 1986 and was first located in the old Central Library building on Shambles Street, Barnsley. It first opened its doors to the public in April 1987. Later it merged with the Local Studies Library in 1998 to form Barnsley Archives and Local Studies. In 2013 the service relocated to the Town Hall to become part of the new Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre.

The service collects, preserves and makes available the documentary heritage of the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley. Contained in secure and environmentally-controlled stores are thousands of boxes of archives donated by individuals, families and organisations, charting the history of the borough from the 12th to 21st centuries.

Dig deep and make your own history in the Archives Discovery Centre. Explore hundreds of years of intriguing documents, photographs, maps and films. Shelves and shelves of fascinating books to browse means there’s something for everyone.

We can help you start growing your family tree. Discover the history of your area. Need to find something out about Barnsley now? This is the place to do it.

Have fun exploring these fascinating collections and uncovering your local heritage!