Barnsley Museums to hold first Heritage Festival

Barnsley Museums will be holding its first ever heritage festival from Saturday 23 June to Saturday 30 June. Throughout the week there will be a variety of talks, films, workshops, and activities to celebrate the borough’s proud and exciting past.

Highlights of the week include:

  • Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre celebrating its fifth anniversary.
  • A mighty Man Engine visiting Elsecar Heritage Centre on Saturday 23 June.
  • Ian McMillian going on a poetic perambulation around Worsbrough Reservoir on Monday 25 June.
  • Theatre at the Ironworks, Elsecar: On behalf of the People on Tuesday 26 June.

The finale of the festival will be held on Saturday 30 June with Copper Gallery launching its new summer exhibition Bears! and Experience Barnsley and the Town Hall hosting Barnsley’s annual History Day. Running from 11am to 3pm the long-standing event will showcase how people can get involved in local heritage. Visitors can browse stalls from local organisations and enjoy talks, tours, exhibitions and family craft activities.

The day will also include three special talks in the Council Chamber:

  • Restoring the Glory, Revealing the Secrets at Cannon Hall – Sharon Sutton (Project Manager, Cannon Hall restoration project).
  • Battlefields of the First World War – Paul Reed (Historian).
  • Elsecar: The Earls Village of Iron and Coal – Dr John Tanner (Project Manager, Elsecar Heritage Centre).

People will also have the opportunity to view the current exhibition at Experience Barnsley Museum. May The Toys Be With You is a touring exhibition of one of the country’s finest Star Wars collections of memorabilia, toys and posters owned by collector Matt Fox.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “With its changing exhibition space, fascinating objects, hands-on experiences and friendly staff, it’s easy to see how Experience Barnsley has attracted over 460,000 visitors since it opened in 2014 and had hundreds of objects generously donated by local people.

“The museum is a great place for families to visit again and again and celebrate Barnsley’s rich history. The festival will not only provide activities and events for everyone but also let us remember the people, industries and heritage that make the borough such a wonderful place to live.”

For further information, please visit or download the festival’s programme at

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