Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust marks outstanding year

21 December 2017

Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust is celebrating securing over £75,000 through funding and donations in 2017.

The Trust received backing from a number of funding partners during the year. This enabled it to deliver programmes in Barnsley which ranged from poetry workshops for people with life-limiting illnesses, to supporting a series of workshops for primary school children to enhance their learning of ancient Egyptian civilisation.

Over one third of the money (£30,000) was secured through the Foyle Foundation to provide access to museum services for primary school pupils in deprived areas of Barnsley.

Donations from the public and corporate supporters amounted to £20,000. This provided a series of educational workshops on ancient Egypt for primary school children, and a new home for Light Lines - a memorial in the town to remember the many brave soldiers who fell at the Battle of the Somme.

The Trust was successful in securing £10,000 via the National Lottery’s ‘Awards for All’ scheme to provide a new mobile bread oven at Worsbrough Mill & Country Park and received a cheque from the Co-op Local Community Fund to provide a family trail and digital resources for families visiting the mill.

Funding from the Better Barnsley Bond will also give 300 young people opportunities and skills in creative and digital learning, specifically targeting young people from deprived communities.

Other programmes which received funding in 2017 include painting and framing conservation for a new Dutch paintings exhibition, and a public vote for conservation of the Medieval Charter on display at Experience Barnsley Museum.

Margot Walker, chair of trustees for Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust, said: “2017 has been an outstanding year for the Trust and we are thrilled to have secured so many exciting projects and schemes which will benefit people of all ages and backgrounds across Barnsley and Yorkshire.

“We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has donated when visiting one of Barnsley’s museums and to our corporate supporters. Donations, however big or small, really do make a difference and help us safeguard our museums so that future generations can continue to be inspired.”

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Notes to editor

Attached image shows pupils from Cawthorne C of E Primary School learning about ancient Egypt at the Cooper Gallery.

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. 

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