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New Museum Readies Itself For Opening

Monday June 24 2013

Experience Barnsley set to open Experience Barnsley set to open

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.

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Reply Posted by Robbo on Wednesday June 26 2013 at 20:43
Well, I can see by your lack of comments that most people's are the same as mine. No

Reply Posted by neil on Wednesday June 26 2013 at 20:58
Wont be there for the opening but yes cant wait to visit.

Reply Posted by flapper on Wednesday June 26 2013 at 21:03
Oooer,this museum,s a bit of a worry, when after a sneak peek, the best mention goes to one of Dicky Birds old balls.......sorry....I made mesen laff then. Good luck to all involved. I,all visit for sure.

Reply Posted by Claire on Thursday June 27 2013 at 07:51
What a ridiculous time of day to have the opening. People like me who have children in school won't be able to go to the opening as i have to be back to collect them from school. A more child appropriate day/time would have made more sense

Reply Posted by David on Thursday June 27 2013 at 08:28
Looking forward to seeing the museum opening today. It does seem an odd time for the ceremony but I hope those that miss out today will get to visit soon.