South Yorkshire business community urged to back museums trust fundraiser

18 October 2017

Business people across South Yorkshire are being urged to back a charity fundraising dinner to help safeguard Barnsley’s heritage. 

Singer-songwriter Kate Rusby, Barnsley’s own poet laureate, Ian McMillan, and Egyptologist Joann Fletcher will entertain guests at the ‘Night at the Museum’ dinner on Thursday 15 March at The Ironworks, Elsecar Heritage Centre.

The event has been organised by Barnsley Museum & Heritage Trust - a fundraising charity that helps preserve, enhance and promote the borough’s heritage for the future.

Figures from Barnsley’s history will be brought to life at the event including the De Morgan’s, William Harvey, Earl Fitzwilliam, Walter Spencer Stanhope and William Harvey. Guests can also look forward to viewing treasures from Barnsley’s collections, from Lalique glassware, to real Roman and Egyptian artefacts, alongside the original painting by Canaletto.

An auction of promises will raise additional funds for Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust to help protect the future of Barnsley’s museums.

Margot Walker, chair of trustees for Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust, said: “This is a unique celebration in the Trust’s calendar and an exciting opportunity to bring the Barnsley business community together.

“Set in the wonderful surroundings of Elsecar Heritage Centre, within the impressive Ironworks building, it’s also a chance to get up close and personal with artefacts and characters from the past.

“With the support of the business community and funds raised we can make sure that the museums and galleries fulfil their potential as inspiring places which are relevant and enrich people’s lives.”

Tickets cost £75 each or £600 for a table of ten, including entertainment, a champagne reception and three-course dinner. To reserve your place call Cath Longley on 07974 703 182 or email 

For more information about Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust, or to make a donation visit:


Notes to editor

Image shows Kate Rusby (credit: David Angel)

Media contact: Charlotte Goldthorpe on 01226 766900 or at

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:

Follow the Trust on Twitter: @BarnsleyMHT 

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