A snapshot of Hoyland in the 1950s - New ‘then-and-now’ exhibition shares unique historic photos for the first time

A new ‘Then-and-Now’ exhibition of historic photos of Hoyland in the 1950s has opened at Hoyland Library and will run until Saturday, 30 November.

The new exhibition has been inspired by a unique collection of historic photographs from Barnsley Archives and Local Studies, which can be seen for the very first time . The quirky images, each featuring a man with a sign board and a painted arrow, were taken as part of a post-war mapping exercise in 1954.

Donated to Barnsley Archives by the Ordnance Survey, they give a fascinating snapshot of everyday life in and around Hoyland 65 years ago this year. The collection includes rare photographs of Rockingham Colliery and Elsecar Main Colliery, as well as photographs of Air Raid shelters, pre-fab housing, shops and pubs around Hoyland, Hoyland Common, Elsecar and Hemingfield.

To celebrate the 65 year anniversary of the images being taken, staff from Barnsley Museums has recreated a selection of the images with help from local residents.

The project is part of the Elsecar Heritage Action Zone, a three year partnership project with Barnsley Museums and Historic England.

HAZ Project Officer Tegwen Roberts said, ‘This is a very special collection of images, that give a fascinating insight into our area in the 1950s. We are so grateful for local people’s help making this exhibition happen.’

Visitors can drop into Hoyland Library during opening hours until December 1, to see the results, and other photos from the collection.

For more information about the exhibition visit www.elsecar-heritage.com

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