More collection guides coming soon

We will be making some exciting changes to this page throughout 2024, adding more information about the fascinating collections we have to offer in Barnsley.

Guide to school records

Our school records can provide information about pupils, teachers, school life and the local area. Records include logbooks, admission registers and photographs. Each guide (including notes on access restrictions) is available to download.

Guide to Women Against Pit Closures

Women Against Pit Closures (W.A.P.C.) was a female-led national, political movement supporting miners, their families and entire communities. In Barnsley, these women fundraised, fed miners and their families, went on the picket lines, marches, organised events, meetings and rallies. This guide is grouped into subject categories for ease of use and will be helpful for both researchers and those with a general interest in the subject.

Guide to nonconformist records

The nonconformist guide provides an introduction to our holdings of Methodist, Baptist, Congregational, Independent and Wesleyan Reform Union records, as well as providing information on all the smaller, 19th and 20th century denominations known to have been represented within the Borough.

Guide to parish councils

Parish councils form the tier of local government that is closest to the people of the area. Our collections cover most parish councils in Barnsley. Types of records collected include meeting minutes, newsletters and the use of recreational facilities.