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Historic Photographs Of Town Available To View

Thursday October 24 2013


Ted Tasker Ted Tasker


HISTORIC photographs of Barnsley have been uploaded to the Tasker Trust website and are now available for the public to see.

There are more than 5,000 never-seen-before photos which can be viewed on the site, which allows people to search for relatives and specific streets, areas or professions.

Raymond Walker, a trustee of the Tasker Trust, said: "Most of them will never have been seen. The only ones which have been seen before are the ones in the Barnsley Streets books.

"There are some of Mr Tasker's which were not used in the books and we've had other collections given to us by other photographers."

The photos have been scanned, captioned and can be searched using key words such as names, street names or the photographer's name.

Some of them date back to the 1800s and were copied in 2000.

"We hope people will want to look at them," added Raymond. "The idea is that people will use them to look for their relatives.

"There must be lots of people who live abroad and people who want to see what the town used to be like."

Ted Tasker, who died in 1989 aged 79, recorded the redevelopment of Barnsley in the 1960s. His wife, Mary, founded the Tasker Trust in 1992.

Mary, who died aged 95 in March 2011, left a £600,000 estate to Barnsley Hospital. She was not treated in the hospital and it's unknown why it was chosen as beneficiary of the couple's entire estate, but the money was used to buy a second CT scanner for the hospital's imaging department.

To view the photo collection, click here.

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Reply Posted by g on Monday October 28 2013 at 21:08
a lot of old photos was lent to taskers and copied and some not returned some of my late fathers included and taskers put a trust on some that wasnt his property to do so so when they spout on how good his collection is have a think how they got most of em

Reply Posted by Lynette Chipp on Tuesday October 21 2014 at 23:55
I found the Barnsley Streets books years ago (probably 20-25yrs) and I loved them. They took you back in time and gave so much more information than just a written census entry. For Tasker and his wife to have made these available to the public and now online is really something to be grateful for. I am thrilled to learn of the Tasker Trust website and intend to look into it more in future. A big thank you.