Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre

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

Website

E-mail

experiencebarnsley@barnsley.gov.uk

Telephone

01226 773950

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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

Opening hours

Monday to Friday
9am to 4pm

Saturday
10am to 4pm

Sunday
11am to 4pm

Admission charges

Free

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Departure of the Penistone volunteers, 1915

The Road to War

  • 22 September 2014 — 11 January 2015 *on now

Marking the centenary of the First World War, the first in a series of three exhibitions at Experience Barnsley tells the story of the First World War through the eyes of local people. The exhibition explores the first year of the conflict, looking at local recruitment and the fever of call-up for Barnsley’s soldiers. Most people thought it would be over by Christmas.

In following exhibitions in 2016 and 2018 we will follow their journey, through call up to armistice and discover how the war affected their lives and the lives of their families at home.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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.
Barnsley Archives

FIRST WORLD WAR - FAMILY HISTORY SURGERIES

  • 22 October 2014 10am-4pm
  • 19 November 2014 10am-4pm
  • 17 December 2014 10am-4pm

Did you have an ancestor who fought? Are you interested in finding out more about them using online resources? Not sure where to start? Book a free 30 minute session with a member of the Archives team to gain one-on-one advice on how to start your research.
Wednesday 24th September
Wednesday 22nd October
Wedneday 19th November and
Wednesday 17th December

Experience Barnsley Discovery Centre
Town Hall, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2TA
Call 01226 773950 for more details

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17
Officers from 13th Battalion at Silkstone

TRACING FIRST WORLD WAR ANCESTORS

  • 22 November 2014 11am-1pm

Thousands of digitised military records are now available online, allowing the public to piece together he career of a First World War soldier ancestor. This talk delivered by an experienced genealogist, introduces researchers to these records and analyses how to get the best out of them.
Monday 29th September, 7pm and Saturday 22nd November, 11am

Book your place by calling Barnsley Archives on 01226 773950

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
Barnsley Archvies object handling

THE ROAD TO WAR - HANDS ON HISTORY

  • 8 November 2014 1-3pm

Drop into two special sessions where you can handle original documents and letters from the First World War archives in the Discovery Centre.
Saturday 11th October and Saturday 8th November, 1pm - 3pm.
This session is free, but we do advise you book your place by calling 01226 773950.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
Talk - British War Resisters 1914-1918

EXHIBITION TALK - NEW THOUGHTS ON BRITISH WAR RESISTERS 1914-1918

  • 8 November 2014 11am-1pm

Hear a fascinating talk by Cyril Pearce (University of Leeds) who has been working on the history of war resisters to create a national picture of British Conscientious Objectors.
Now the Pearce Register of British Conscientious Objectors, the database is part of the Imperial War Museum's 'Lives of the First World War' digital platform. Material from the database for his new book, 'Communities of Resistance: Patterns of Discent in First World War Britain', to be published in 2015.
His talk will be an introduction to some of its new ideas.
11am. This talk is free but booking is advised. 01226 772500.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+
Coal Not Dole - Scab!

COAL NOT DOLE - SCAB!

  • 15 November 2014 2-3pm

A unique theatre piece exploring strike breakers and their return to work. This play tells multiple stories from real life events. Written and performed by Ray Castleton.
2pm - 3pm. Free, but booking advised. 01226 772500.
Young children to be accompanied by an adult. Contains graphic language.

This event is part of Experience Barnsley's year long programme of events looking back at the miner's strike of 1984/85.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+
Wartime Family Christmas

FAMILY ACTIVITIES - WARTIME FAMILY CHRISTMAS

  • 20 — 23 December 2014

Take a step back in time and recreate Christmas during the war. Discover how families celebrated this festive period during wartime and make your own creative decorations.
Saturday 20th December - Tuesday 23rd December, 11am-1pm. Free drop-in.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
Coal Not Dole - Shattered

COAL NOT DOLE - SHATTERED?

  • 7 March 2015 11am-12:30pm

If we live in a world of equality, why are women still holding the baby? Rebecca Asher, author of 'Shattered: Modern Motherhood and the Illusion of Equality' joins some of the women involved in the strike to find out if women's lives have really changed over the last 30 years.
11am - 12:30pm, free but booking advised. 01226 772500.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+
Coal Not Dole - The Return to Work

COAL NOT DOLE - THE RETURN TO WORK

  • 7 March 2015 2-3pm

A unique theatre piece exploring a miner's return to work, reflecting on a year gone by and the aftermath for communities.
2pm-3pm, free but booking advised. 01226 772500.
Young children to be accompanied by an adult. Contains graphic language.

This event is part of Experience Barnsley's year long programme of events looking back at the miner's strike of 1984/85.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+
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