AS BARNSLEY celebrates its history, visitors to Cannon Hall Museum will have the opportunity to see an exhibition of Old Masters by world class Dutch painters.

The exhibition which opened last weekend is the culmination of detailed research into Barnsley’s fantastic collection of fine art at Cannon Hall.

Barnsley has also been given the unique opportunity to have loans from National Gallery in London featuring a Rembrandt and Jan Steen art.

The exhibition and programme of tours, talks and family activities provide a chance to find out more about the artists, their subjects and the times in which they lived.

Many of the artworks to be displayed are from the Harvey Bequest given in 2003 through Art Fund to the Museum.Paintings include portraits, seascapes, Italianate landscapes and still life.

Coun Roy Miller said: “The exhibition is an excellent way for visitors to find out more about ‘Dutch Masters’, which is a really fascinating period in art history.

"We’re fortunate in Barnsley to have such a wonderful collection of work from the time, and it will be incredible to see the paintings showcased alongside work by artists such as Rembrandt."

The exhibition will run until September 16.