Kate Rusby announced as patron of Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust

30 November 2017

Folk singer-songwriter Kate Rusby has become a patron of Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust.

Kate joins professor and Egyptologist, Joann Fletcher and author, Mel Dyke who became patrons in 2016. The Trust was set up in 2015 to help preserve, enhance and promote the borough’s heritage for the future.

Kate, who lives in Barnsley, is often called the 'Barnsley Nightingale' and has stayed close to her Yorkshire roots. As well as being a Mercury Prize nominated artist in 1999 she also had a Top 10 single with Ronan Keating called ‘All Over Again’ in 2006. Kate’s album ‘Life in a Paper Boat’ has also been nominated for ‘Best Art Vinyl 2017’.

Every year she headlines the Underneath the Stars festival, which is held at Cannon Hall Farm and is organised by her record label.

Kate will be performing at the Trust’s fundraising dinner ‘Night at the Museum’ on 15 March at the Ironworks at Elsecar Heritage Centre in Barnsley.

Kate said: “I am extremely proud to become a patron of Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust. Barnsley is close to my heart and has some of the most wonderful museums and galleries that I am delighted to support. It’s crucial that we maintain the future of our heritage and so I’m really excited to be a part of the Trust and help provide new and exciting exhibitions and learning opportunities for the great people of Barnsley.”

Margot Walker, chair of trustees for Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Kate as a patron. Kate is a great artist and ambassador for Barnsley and will be a great advocate for our museums and galleries. Her passion to support the Trust shines through, and we are delighted that she will performing a live set as part of the Trust’s fundraising dinner in March to raise vital funds to safeguard the wonderful museums in the borough.”

Tickets for ‘Night at the Museum’ include entertainment, a champagne reception and a three-course dinner and can be purchased through Eventbrite or by contacting Cath Longley on 07974 703 182 or catherinelongley@btinternet.com

For more information about Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust, or to make a donation visit: http://www.bmht.org/

Notes to editor

Attached image shows Kate Rusby (credit: David Angel)

Media contact: Charlotte Goldthorpe on 01226 766900 or at charlotte@capitalbmedia.co.uk

About Barnsley Museums and Heritage Trust

Barnsley Museums and Heritage Trust is a fundraising charity founded in 2015 to help preserve, enhance and promote the borough’s heritage for the future.

The Trust - a voluntary independent board of community champions - aims to generate funds and engage the support of individuals, businesses and organisations to safeguard the future of Barnsley’s museums, as a source of learning, curiosity, inspiration and enjoyment for all. 

The Trust raises funds and support for five free-entry heritage attractions in Barnsley: Experience Barnsley, Cannon Hall Museum Park & Gardens, Worsbrough Mill and Country Park, The Cooper Gallery, and Elsecar Heritage Centre. Together the attractions welcome over one million visitors each year.

For more information on Barnsley Museums and Heritage Trust visit:  http://www.bmht.org/

Follow the Trust on Twitter: @BarnsleyMHT  

Tickets for Night at the Museum can be purchased through Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/night-at-the-museum-dinner-tickets-39728312452

This press release was prepared by Capital B Media, a public relations and media training agency based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. For more information, please visit www.capitalbmedia.co.uk.

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