AN opening date has been set for the first-ever museum devoted to Barnsley.

Over recent years, Barnsley's Town Hall has been transformed. Lots of people have contributed, and a £2.6million lottery grant has ensured the new museum will open on June 27.

Objects on show include a 5,000-year-old axe-head, a pony's hoof from the worst pit disaster in English history, hoards of Roman coins, Barnsley-made Wimbledon tennis balls, a 221-year-old fire engine, and even parts of Barnsley's much-loved Market Roundabout.

As well as state-of-the-art museum galleries, Experience Barnsley includes a new Discovery Centre.

In here visitors will be able to browse thousands of documents, maps, photographs and explore a new Barnsley Sound and Film Archive. Together with changing exhibitions, event spaces, a café and visitor centre, the new museum promises a great trip out for all the family.

“We're now on the countdown to the town’s celebration and experience of Barnsley’s past, present and future in the exciting new museum in the Town Hall," said Cllr Linda Burgess.

"Experience Barnsley has been created with the involvement of people from across Barnsley, and beyond. I’m sure it will be a fabulous experience for all visitors in the future and ensure Barnsley is a place we are all proud of," she added.

Experience Barnsley: The Barnsley People’s Museum & Discovery Centre will open to the public on June 27 2013.