Charity dinner raises cash for Barnsley’s museums

23 March 2018

A charity dinner hosted by Barnsley’s own poet laureate Ian McMillan, has raised thousands of pounds to safeguard Barnsley’s museums and heritage.

146 people from across South Yorkshire came together at Elsecar Heritage Centre in Barnsley last Thursday (15 March) to raise money and awareness for Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust. Money raised from ticket sales, raffle tickets and a silent auction raised over £8,000.

Guests enjoyed performances by Barnsley-born folk star Kate Rusby and her musician husband Damien O’Kane. They also had the chance to experience life as an ancient Egyptian using virtual reality technology with Egyptologist and Professor Joann Fletcher. Both Kate and Joann are patrons of Barnsley Museum & Heritage Trust, along with author Mel Dyke, pictured with Ian McMillan.

Barnsley Museum & Heritage Trust is a fundraising charity that helps preserve, enhance and promote the borough’s heritage for the future. 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 about Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust, or to make a donation visit:

Notes to editor

Photograph shows poet Ian McMillan and author Mel Dyke (Credit: Collette Evans, Picture Perfect Photography)

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