Thousands flock to new social history museum

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MORE than 5,000 people experienced Barnsley’s new £4.3m social history museum during its first weekend of opening, new figures have revealed.

Experience Barnsley, in the town hall, opened its doors to the public on Thursday, June 27.

A spokesman for Barnsley Council said it was the first-ever museum about Barnsley, created by thousands of local people donating objects, stories and photographs.

He added: “Large parts of Barnsley’s distinctive town hall have been transformed.

“The project has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

“It tells a unique and powerful story, of a town and surrounding villages from thousands of years ago, through a great industrial age to the present day.”

They said that visitors were “taken aback, amazed at the sheer amount of history on their doorstep, surprised at hidden stories which they never realised Barnsley had to share”.

The spokesman added: “Galleries bustled with visitors of all ages.

“People gazed into cases packed with objects, watched films and got hands-on with state-of-the-art exhibits.”

Experience Barnsley is open from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm on Saturdays and from 11am to 4pm on Sundays.

More than 90 per cent of the artefacts have been donated by people living and working in Barnsley.