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Barnsley Museum Gets Opening Date

Tuesday March 19 2013

Museum gets opening date Museum gets opening date

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.

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Reply Posted by Mick on Tuesday March 19 2013 at 15:25
Which of these things is going to attract the thousands of visitors from outside the area that would be needed to make this project economically a success. Even if we ignore the £millions that has been spent on set up costs (Lottery didn't fund it all) how many visitors are needed just to break even with the running costs? What a disaster!

Reply Posted by James on Thursday March 21 2013 at 13:13
"Oooh it won't be economical, oooh it's a disaster". Barnsley has something nice for once, stop being a whinging dog-nonce and enjoy it.

Reply Posted by stevo on Tuesday March 19 2013 at 15:50
Yet another "white elephant" from the Labour buffoons !

Reply Posted by stan on Tuesday March 19 2013 at 16:11
Why such negative thoughts no wonder the place is going downhill if the likes of you have your way. Why not have something different, and wait a while before knocking it back.

Reply Posted by stevo on Tuesday March 19 2013 at 17:18
"Why such negative thoughts no wonder the place is going downhill"

Do you walk round with your eyes closed?

The only money BMBC seem to spend is on their own municipal buildings at great cost to the local tax payer.

The place HAS gone downhill and needs billions of investment to make it a town we can all be proud of.

Reply Posted by jayne on Tuesday March 19 2013 at 17:30
Well i for one am lookng forward to having a look round never know i might learn something about the place av always called home good old tarn

Reply Posted by Rosie on Wednesday March 20 2013 at 09:18
Im with you Stan and Jayne.
Lets give it a chance, lets wait until it opens and go and have a look.
Im looking forward to having a nosey round. Hopefully schools will organise trips, lots of local groups will hopefully do the same. Sounds good to me.

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Wednesday March 20 2013 at 09:19
I too will look forward to visiting the Museum as it will clearly offer something that we haven't got now. There are times when the Council can be rightly criticised for their actions (it's the nature of running a multi functional, multi million pound organisation - mistakes are made) but on this occassion I think it's a great idea to celebrate all things Barnsley (except the accent - only joking). Instead of trying to score cheap political points lets give it a chance - you never know we may not be able to get in for the hordes of Chinese tourists wanting to visit the section on their spiritual leader - now that would bring 'added' benefits to our economy.

Reply Posted by Dave Allemby on Thursday March 21 2013 at 08:35
We should be all proud of our town and its heritage - a lot of effort and hard work has been put in to make it a success -- as well as loads of donations from far and wide ---Hope to you there on opening day and afterwards - it will be brilliant

Reply Posted by Charles on Thursday March 21 2013 at 09:41
Yes, looking forward to the opening. Just a shame it is in the wrong place. It would surely have been better in the Civic Hall, a much better, more central location. How much did the council spend on refurbishment of the civic? £18m ish? Remind me what the civic hall is being used for after the council spend all that money.

Reply Posted by clare taylor on Thursday March 21 2013 at 11:11
will be nice,don't know why everyone in barnsley has to be so negative about things all the time.need something doing about lack of shops next.looking forward to the fountains too

Reply Posted by trev on Thursday March 21 2013 at 11:14
i agree with you charles sounds good but have they thought about disabled accsess and future running costs no it wont be long before they are charging to go in or charging sky high for a cup of tea an slice of toast but lets give it a chance may donate my old pit boots there like new i never used em joking.

Reply Posted by guesty mcguest on Thursday March 21 2013 at 16:00
It was all going so well, I'd even overlooked the fact that this should have been opened last year (6 months over if pretty good for BMBC) then I saw aquote from duh duh duh Councillor Burgess, and I realised it would be doomed.

I will run a book I think Im being optimistic in giving it 3 years before big steve is telling us it is x millions over budget before chucking another million at it and then closing it.

Reply Posted by Hayley on Thursday March 21 2013 at 19:55
Sounds like its going to have some really good stuff in it from things I've read before. I'm looking forward to visiting with my family. There's even an Olympic torch loaned by one of the local torch bearers I understand. So hopefully something for everyone.

Reply Posted by Dave Allemby on Friday March 29 2013 at 18:31
You are right Hayley - my olympic torch , tracksuit and a few other things as well will be on display -Thought it was much better being in a display for all to see and share than being locked away somewhere --- hopefully see you all on opening day

Reply Posted by pauline tunnicliffe on Wednesday June 26 2013 at 10:03
hi wot are the opening times please and is it free too get in thanks pauline x

Reply Posted by Josh on Wednesday June 26 2013 at 10:39
It opens at 2pm and yes, it's free.

Reply Posted by Sue on Sunday June 30 2013 at 10:10
Is it open sundaysx

Reply Posted by david on Friday July 5 2013 at 15:31
There will always be some people who complain about ventures such as this.A town the size of Barnsley should have a decent museum.I live in Wakefield and I will have a trip to Barnsley to visit the museum ,at the same time I will visit the market ,which is much better than Wakefield's market.

Reply Posted by Lisa on Sunday August 18 2013 at 09:20
I was sceptical when I first heard if it I must admit I thought yet another waste of money scheme by Barnsley council but went on Friday 16 th August and loved it . It was great to watch the children happy in the fountains outside and to sit in the beautiful grounds . We also enjoyed.walking round the museum so well done to all involved. more needs to be done in Barnsley though to bring it back to the thriving market town that it