A BRAND new exhibition is coming to the Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery centre this Saturday.

The Barnsley Brick Project is an exhibition looking at the history of brick production from its initial beginnings, right up to the present day and reveals insights into contemporary brick manufacture in the area.

The exhibition features a selection of bricks made all over Barnsley including Monckton Colliery, Stairfoot and Pogmoor. The ‘experimental’ Athersley Estate and manufacturing at Carlton Bricks are also featured within the show.

To celebrate the launch of the exhibition this Saturday, Experience Barnsley will be holding The Big Barnsley Lego Build.

Lego aficionado’s Bricks4Kids will be taking over the museum from 1.30pm to 3.30pm and holding a fun interactive two-hour workshop to build a model town of Barnsley made entirely from Lego.

The Big Barnsley Lego Build will kick start Experience Barnsley’s programme of family friendly summer activities. Free Lego challenges will take place every Monday to Wednesday, each week of the school holidays.

A printmaking workshop on Wednesday 1 August and Design a Tote Bag session on Tuesday 7 August will both be experimenting with repeat pattern and brick formations.

Matt Gladstone, Executive Director for Place said: “The Barnsley Brick Project helps create a visual timeline of the town’s history in this important but almost forgotten industry.

"The exhibition and workshops are part of the town’s fantastic programme of activities, events and drop-in sessions for families to enjoy and take part in over the summer holidays.”