Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre

Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre
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Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre is dedicated to the history and people of Barnsley. Visitors will uncover the incredible story of Barnsley told through centuries-old artefacts, documents, films and recordings that have been donated by people living and working in the borough.

Unique, hands-on and interactive exhibits encourage visitors to explore the people and places of Barnsley, ultimately leading them to discover a town with amazing stories and a rich and diverse heritage.

Experience Barnsley is a fun, exciting and interesting day out for all the family.

Admission to the Museum and Discovery Centre is free.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Heritage site, Archive, Library

Opening hours

Monday to Friday
9am to 4pm

Saturday
10am to 4pm

Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays
11am to 4pm

Admission charges

Free

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Stories of the Somme exhibition poster, Barnsley Museums

Stories of the Somme

  • 24 August — 20 November 2016 *on now

Marking the centenary of the First World War, this exhibition tells the story of the bloodiest battle in the British Army's history through the eyes of local people. The Battle of the Somme raged from 1 July to 18 November in 1916, it was a terrifying, hard struggle and Barnsley's men and boys were at the forefront of the fight.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.experience-barnsley.com

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Somme

Remembering the Great War: Writing Competition

  • 24 August — 20 November 2016 *on now

Do you love writing? Are between 6 and 11 years old? Then we have a competition just for you. Write a short story or poem about the First World War and you could win a prize in association with Barnsley Libraries and children's author Hilary Robinson. Entry forms are available at the museum and on the website.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.experience-barnsley.com/content/downloads/EB-Stories-of-the-Somme-Short-story-comp-FINAL.pdf

Somme

Talk: Fight the good fight: Faith at the Somme

  • 1 October 2016 From 11am

The true meaning of the First World War to those who experienced it cannot be fully appreciated without an understanding of the importance of the Christian faith to that generation. From the religious symbolism and wording on war memorials, to the prayers offered up by combatants and civilians, Christianity was at the very heart of the Battle of the Somme. Author John Broom will offer an alternative perspective on the battle in this interesting talk.

Free, donations welcome.
11am start

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.experience-barnsley.com

Somme

Talk: The family budget: A round robin of letters written by a Barnsley family during the First World War

  • 15 October 2016 11am-12pm

Between 1914 and 1919, when they found themselves separated by war and circumstance, seven Elmhirst brothers and their young sister circulated their intimate and often entertaining letters. Written from the family home in Barnsley, from Cambridge, The Somme, Gallipoli, Mesopotamia and elsewhere, their letters capture the contradictory emotions and thoughts of young people caught up in that momentous event. Join Paul Elmhirst in his talk and purchase your signed copy of the remarkable book ‘The Family Budget’.

Free, donations welcome.
11am start

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.experience-barnsley.com

Somme

Family History Surgeries

  • 19 October 2016 10am-4pm

Did you have an ancestor who fought in World War One, perhaps even at the Battle of the Somme? Are you interested in finding out more about them using online resources but not sure where to start? Book a free 30 minute session with a member of the Archives team to gain one to-one advice on how to start your research.

Free, booking essential call 01226 773950

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.experience-barnsley.com

Great War on Tour

The Great War on Tour

  • 22 October 2016 11am-3pm

Try on war costumes, enjoy hands-on craft activities, handle original First World War objects and find out more about the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry during the First World War. Visit www.doncaster1914-18.org.uk for more details.

Free, donations welcome.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Somme

Hands on History: World War One

  • 8 November 2016 10am-6:30pm

Drop in to the Archives Discovery Centre, where you can handle original documents and letters from our First World War archives.

10am – 6:30pm call 01226 773950

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.experience-barnsley.com

Somme

Remembrance

  • 11 November 2016 10:30-11:30am

Join us at the War Memorial at Barnsley Town Hall for two minutes silence at 11am to remember the fallen. View the stunning artwork commemorating those who died during the Battle of the Somme, created by local schools and artists Musson & Retallick.

11am start

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.experience-barnsley.com

Somme

Meet the First World War Tommies

  • 12 November 2016 10am-4pm

Find out what life was really like for young British soldiers serving on the front line during the Somme at this living history event. Meet Tommies dressed in period clothing, get hands on with a soldier’s daily kit, and discover more about the dangers faced during the war. Remembering the Great War – come along to view the prize-giving for our Creative Writing Competition.

10am - 4pm

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.experience-barnsley.com

Somme

Remembrance

  • 13 November 2016 10:30-11:30am

Join us at the War Memorial at Barnsley Town Hall for two minutes silence at 11am to remember the fallen. View the stunning artwork commemorating those who died during the Battle of the Somme, created by local schools and artists Musson & Retallick.

11am start

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.experience-barnsley.com

Somme

Hear my Voice: Collaborative Poem with Ian McMillan

  • 14 November 2016 5-7pm

A creative writing workshop with Ian McMillan at Barnsley Town Hall. Explore the Stories from the Somme and collaborate with him to create a poem to commemorate the great battle.

Free, booking essential call 01226 772500
5pm – 7pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.experience-barnsley.com

Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre
Town Hall
Church Street
Barnsley
South Yorkshire
S70 2TA
England

Website

E-mail

experiencebarnsley@barnsley.gov.uk

Telephone

Experience Barnsley Visitor Centre

01226 772500

Barnsley Archives

01226 773950

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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