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New Museum Opens

Friday June 28 2013

Ribbon collectively cut to open the new museum Ribbon collectively cut to open the new museum

EXPERIENCE Barnsley flung open its doors on Thursday afternoon and welcomed its first visitors.

The all-new museum, which is based at the Town Hall, attracted hundreds to the venue, despite the rain attempting to dampen their spirits. Barnsley-born Capital FM presenter Simon Hirst counted down to the 2pm opening.

As it's been dubbed as the people's musuem, the ceremonial opening involved the town's people. Organisers cleverly arranged a giant ribbon to go around the crowd and each person cut it when Hirsty counted down from ten to mark its opening.

Diana Terris, Barnsley Council's chief executive, said: "It's absolutely fantastic. Local people have embraced it and even given up their historical artefacts. There's a sheer sense of pride in the town."

The free attraction, which spans two floors, will be open seven days a week and be free to enter.

Cllr Steve Houghton, leader of Barnsley Council said: "Experience Barnsley will be great fun for the whole family. Whether you’re interested in football, fashion, our industrial story or how our stone-age ancestors lived, there will be something for everyone.

Dickie Bird, who's contributed a couple of things including a bronze bust and the ball used in the 1975 Cricket World Cup final, said: "I'm very impressed. It's tremendous - I think people will be flocking here.

"It really does take a few visits to take everything in. My dad was a miner from 13 years of age so I was interested in the history of that part of our town.  

"It's fantastic. It'll bring the town lots of visitors and I'll look forward to seeing its success."

Did you attend the launch? Have you been in? What do you think?

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Reply Posted by John on Friday June 28 2013 at 10:38
What an absolute waste of money. Don't suppose the council workers have taken a pay cut to allow this to happen have they?

Reply Posted by Grim on Friday June 28 2013 at 13:07
Why should any council workers take a pay cut? What a stupid statement.

Reply Posted by Guesty on Friday June 28 2013 at 10:44
If only someone could have taken the front row out. Wasters and free dinner brigade, new mayor can hardly string a sentence together all red faced from booze and round about the waste from free snap.

gonna have a peek next week.

Whens the Townhall going to be finished By the way?

Reply Posted by Lizbet on Saturday June 29 2013 at 08:12
The money for the museum came from the Lottery & Europe - it was cash that was never available to the council to spend on anything else. It's from a specific fund for culture etc so could never have been spent on roads, council staff, housing etc.

If Barnsley council hadn't had the money for the museum, the money would have been spent on other arts/culture/history projects in other towns. Wouldn't you rather have a Barnsley museum than see the money go elsewhere? A lot of other towns would love to have a new museum - we should be proud we've got it!

Reply Posted by Fred on Saturday June 29 2013 at 10:12
Well said Lizbet. Better spend this fund on Barnsley than elsewhere. It certainly does improve the town centre,
I just hope I doesn't just provide a new meeting area for the local smack rats and scumbags, we need to ensure that it remains as I was intended to be !!!

Reply Posted by Deb on Saturday June 29 2013 at 10:19
I think it sounds fantastic!!
I carn't wait to take a peek x

Reply Posted by jonski on Saturday June 29 2013 at 14:44
hope it doesn't end up another waste of public/lottery money in a few years like kingstone community sports centre ended up being with these chumps in charge who never seem to think more than five years ahead. knighthood - lol