THE FA Cup-winning match ball from Barnsley's 1912 triumph, gargoyles from Monk Bretton Priory and a bronze bust of Dickie Bird are just some of the things on show at Barnsley's new museum.

As finishing touches are made to the £4.3million Experience Barnsley museum, we were invited to have a sneak peek at its contents on Thursday.

John Tanner, project manager, said: "It's been very busy - we've got the final items coming in from different parts of the country."

Featured on one wall are the 858-year-old gargoyles from Monk Bretton Priory.

Former test umpire Dickie Bird has loaned a bronze bust of himself and the ball used in the 1975 Cricket World Cup final between Australia and the West Indies in which he was the umpire.

Vice-chairman of the steering group, Mel Dyke, said eight years of hard work had gone into opening the museum and it was incredible to see it come to fruition.

Thousands of visitors are expected to pack the square on Thursday to cut a giant red ribbon which will swathe the Town Hall.

Barnsley-born DJ Simon Hirst will lead the countdown to the 2pm opening.