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Finishing Touches Made To Museum

Tuesday June 18 2013


Town Hall Town Hall


FINISHING touches are being made to the new £4.3million Experience Barnsley museum which opens its doors next week.

The new attraction, which spans two floors of Barnsley’s distinctive Town Hall, opens on June 27 with a colourful public celebration at 2pm.

The Town Hall building will be swathed in a giant ribbon which members of the public will be invited to ceremonially cut to open their museum.

Thousands of visitors are expected to pack the new square outside the Town Hall which will have a free children’s carousel, musical entertainment and attractions to represent Barnsley throughout the ages, from an animatronic dinosaur to giant stilt walking sportsmen.

Mayor Ken Richardson will be on hand to introduce Barnsley-born Capital FM presenter Simon Hirst, who will be delivering the countdown to the 2pm opening.

The museum and galleries will then be open seven days a week and admission is free.

"Experience Barnsley will be great fun for the whole family," said Cllr Steve Houghton. "Whether you’re interested in football, fashion, our industrial story or how our stone-age ancestors lived, there will be something for everyone."

Experience Barnsley is supported by just over £2.6million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

Will you be heading down on the 27th?

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Reply Posted by ha on Tuesday June 18 2013 at 15:47
the scale is all wrong from that image! And what a waste of money over 4 million on that what a waste of money.

Reply Posted by mark on Tuesday June 18 2013 at 15:54
4.3 million ? we don't want a museum , we want roads we can drive on without damage to our cars . its about time Barnsley did something about the bloody potholes!!!

Reply Posted by JM on Tuesday June 18 2013 at 15:59
People should leave their judgement on whether or not it is a waste of money until they have been inside.
Maybe you'll learn something.

Fact is, it is funded through the European Regional Development Fund and Lottery Heritage. Their money isn't there to fund bedroom tax, potholes, etc etc.
It does however create jobs and tourism in areas that need it.

If you don't want a museum or any culture in Barnsley, don't play the lottery, because much of the lottery money goes on projects like this.

Reply Posted by Tony on Tuesday June 18 2013 at 16:32
JM, I think Barnsley Council need to get there priorities right, I'm Sure 4.3million could have been better spent elsewhere, Not to mention all the other wasted money on other new council offices so the old one could be turned into a Museum, Were supposed to ALL be in this auterity time together, What sort of example does it set to people who are struggling to see Local Government spending money as if its gone out of fashion?, European Regional Development Funds or Lottery money could have been used for alot more urgent matters.

Reply Posted by JM on Tuesday June 18 2013 at 16:49
The Heritage Lottery Fund is there for local and cultural projects.
If people don't want the lottery money wasted on culutre and museums, they shoudln't waste their money on the lottery.

The European Regional Development Fund is there to help towns modernise and stimulate economic growth. This is often done through improving tourism in an area, which in turn attracted new businesses to that area.


Reply Posted by Oh My on Tuesday June 18 2013 at 16:54
JM - well said.

Everyone else, get a grip. Oh, and the facts. People like this who keep Barnsley believing it's a second rate town when it isn't.

Reply Posted by stevo on Tuesday June 18 2013 at 16:55
I hope it lives up to the hype.
I'm non too fussed about the gardens and fountains, but i'll have a gander when it opens.
Possibly the only time you would get me into town mind , are you watching Hoyland Red?

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Tuesday June 18 2013 at 21:27
Oooooh i'm watching you young man! Do you think they'll sell shorts there that you can't get at Meadowhall, you know Tarn shorts, imprinted with the faces of local Labour Ward Members - I'll have some.

Reply Posted by stevo on Wednesday June 19 2013 at 12:18
Hey they might do!

They might even sell a steve "I have been knighted you know" Houghton Tshirt!
In fact I could suggest a whole clothing range dedicated to our Labour mp's and councillors, dart boards with their faces on are a MUST!

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Wednesday June 19 2013 at 13:45
Sir Steve with a crown on and thumbs up - bang on

Reply Posted by flapper on Tuesday June 18 2013 at 16:58
God..the picture looks nice......outa place...but nice. Cant see town centre ever matching that tho.

Reply Posted by Tom on Tuesday June 18 2013 at 17:40
JM. I do the lottery for one reason only. The chance to win millions of pounds.
Don't go pontificating to people about not doing the lottery because they happen to think the project in question is. Waste if money.
To me, it is a complete waste of money and will provide limited interest to most Barnsley folk.

Reply Posted by JM on Tuesday June 18 2013 at 17:45
A don't assume you represent 'most Barnsley folk' by saying it will be of limited interest to them.

Reply Posted by Ian on Tuesday June 18 2013 at 18:17
We don't need a tourist attraction we have one it's called the Burton Road Bus Corridor, people come from miles around to see this spectacular cock up presided over by our new Sir Steve

Reply Posted by Michael on Tuesday June 18 2013 at 19:01
I knew, even before I read this article that it'd be full of people moaning about it yet again!

Welcome to Barnsley, the town which its residents have no pride in!

Reply Posted by Sam on Tuesday June 18 2013 at 19:03
I agree with JM
The money is ring fenced to be used on cultural developments like this and could never be used elsewhere. So it's either take the funding and use it in our local town centre or don't take the money and got neither good roads or new developments to attract tourists!
Yes it would be nice to have money for the state of the roads but this money could never be used for such things.

Reply Posted by Cathy on Tuesday June 18 2013 at 19:48
I think it will be a positive addition to the town centre. I'm looking forward to going in. As others have said its money that couldn't be used else where on other projects so let's celebrate it.

Reply Posted by Grim on Wednesday June 19 2013 at 13:07
I am all for improving the area and for art and culture but the saying " silk purse and sows ears" rings a bell.
The town centre is so shabby and grubby that it is shameful. The roads are shocking.
Do not forget that so called tourists have to travel through that, and pay for parking before they get to the town hall. Plus the council is hell bent on building on the lovely countryside which is the real tourism draw, or should be.

Reply Posted by King Fred on Thursday June 20 2013 at 08:38
What about the rest of the town centre BMBC? What are you going to do about it? It's a dump and needs updating, get it sorted!

Reply Posted by SIR Steven Houghton on Monday June 24 2013 at 01:55
We already have funding for the town centre.
We have £8.70, we were going to spend that but I decided I was going for a Kentucky instead.
So long tax paying fuckwits of Barnsley!
I will enjoy earning my money and putting in my expenses in.
yours dodgyly
SIR steve Houghton

Reply Posted by Dave Allemby on Thursday June 20 2013 at 11:09
We ALL should be proud of our town,, its people and its past -really looking forward to next week

Reply Posted by Dave Allemby on Thursday June 20 2013 at 11:09
We ALL should be proud of our town,, its people and its past -really looking forward to next week

Reply Posted by Julia Davison on Thursday June 20 2013 at 15:18
Typical reactions from individuals who don't bother to find out the details of the funding for projects like this! Well said JM and ohmy - it's people who slate projects like this that give Barnsley a bad reputation. We should be proud of our heritage and culture and give Experience Barnsley the support it deserves!

Reply Posted by Julie Sutton on Thursday June 20 2013 at 20:28
Totally agree with JM we should be proud of our heritage and culture and I was not even born in this area. I for one will be visiting Experience Barnsley next week and giving it the support it deserves.

Reply Posted by kipper jackson on Sunday June 23 2013 at 17:06
load ov bollocks,,,,,,,,,,,,oh and im still alive!

Reply Posted by Sue on Sunday June 23 2013 at 17:39
Its just too little, a lot too late. How can Barnsley compete with Meadowhall, Trinity Walk and now Trinity Leeds. People don't vote with their feet, they vote with their cars. Investment and redevelopment in the town centre is a long time overdue and sadly Barnsley is now losing out to these other developments.

Reply Posted by stevo on Sunday June 23 2013 at 20:17
too little too late, I agree sue.

Meadowhall every time for me.