What is it? 

‘Remotely Digital’ is our latest project for 2022 and is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. It will train, upskill and use remote digital volunteers to help Barnsley Archives to understand, interpret and transcribe our sound and film collections, principally new material received since our 2016 project. The project will give us the opportunity to fund the conversion of material that has been donated in recent years, as well as material that might be donated during the course of the project.

What are we working on? 

Barnsley Archives and Local Studies holds a large collection of sound recordings and films which capture aspects of the area’s rich history. These include important oral history recordings, films which capture the iconic Barnsley Mayor’s Parade, and early cine film footage of families enjoying their leisure time in the Borough. Other subjects covered include sport, school days, royal visits, healthcare and industry.  

Why have we chosen this Sound and Film? 

These collections grew massively as a result of a previous heritage lottery funded sound and film project in 2016. This allowed us to digitally convert 260 films and 167 sound recordings; host film shows; assist with school sessions; as well as train and upskill volunteers (who contributed 246 hours to the project). The project was well received by the public and it led to the donation of a huge amount of new material, and these donations have continued in the five years since the project. This collection offers a unique insight into Barnsley life in the 20th and 21st Centuries. 

Would you like to be involved? 

As mentioned, we will be working with a group of volunteers from across Barnsley and maybe beyond. In addition, our volunteer coordinator, archives team and a freelance heritage professional will be on hand to provide support and guidance during the project, as well as offering training and insight. 

Are you interested in being involved with this project? If so drop us an email or contact us on social media to find out more!

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