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Barnsley's Hidden Gems Showcased

Thursday September 6 2012



BARNSLEY'S hidden gems will be opening their doors until Sunday to showcase themselves to the public.

The borough wide event, part of the national Heritage Open Days, will see places like Hoylandswaine Nail Forge, Monk Bretton Priory and Barnsley Cemetery put on walks and guided tours for visitors.

Worsbrough Mill will be holding guided tours of the working flour mill, families can join in baking sessions at Cannon Hall Museum, the amazing Book Eating Boy will be performing at the Cooper Gallery and visitors can enjoy special tours of the Newcomen Engine at Elsecar Heritage Centre.

There are many other places which will also be open such as the NUM building, Wombwell Cemetery, Wortley Top Forge and Silkstone Church.

Here's the breakdown of what's happening:

Cooper Gallery
Saturday Sept 8 - 10 - 3pm 
Activities throughout the day celebrating the launch of Barnsley's Diversity Festival. Including special performances and workshops.

Cannon Hall Museum
Sunday Sept 9 - 11.30-14.30
Join in hands on activities in the Victorian Kitchens and uncover secrets from below stairs.

Elsecar Heritage Centre
Friday, Saturday and Sunday Tours at 11:00am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm
Join special tours of one of the most celebrated heritage sites in Yorkshire. Uncover the fascinating story of the Newcomen Beam Engine, the only engine of its type to remain in its original location.

Worsbrough Mill Museum
Saturday and Sunday tours between 1100-1500
Hot Bulb Engine Demos 1300-1345 and 1415-1500
Join the miller for a guided family history tour and explore the water powered flour mill. On Sunday you can also see special demonstrations of the Hot Bulb Engine.

Monk Bretton Priory
Saturday 8th September 11 am to 4pm
Friends of Monk Bretton Priory are on hand to help you explore the fascinating site of Monk Bretton Priory, join in guided tours and special activities throughout the day.

Mary's Church, Wombwell
Saturday
Explore the display of pictures and memorabilia showing local celebrations of royal events from Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee to the present day. Refreshments served.

Wortley Top Forge
Saturday 8 September 11am-4pm
Explore Britain's last surviving water powered heavy iron forge with expert guided tours. Find out about its fascinating history and collections including the miniature railway and nature trail.

Hoylandswaine Nail Forge
Sunday 9 Sept, 11.00 to 4.00
Find out more about this historic small workshop where nails were made by hand on an anvil. See the original hearth, bellows and chimney. Volunteer guides on hand.

Barnsley Cemetery Open Day
Sunday, 9th September
10:30 am to 4:00 pm
Come and explore the cemetery with our characters who will tell you the stories of Barnsley's mining past. There are tours of War Graves and talks about the history of the Cemetery by the Friends group. Database and searches available all day. Refreshments available.

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