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Barnsley Arts, Museums and Archives

The five museum sites across Barnsley – Experience Barnsley Museum, Cannon Hall Museum, Park and Gardens, Cooper Gallery, Elsecar Heritage Centre and Worsbrough Mill Museum and Country Park.

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Barnsley Museums provides innovative ways to explore heritage, arts and culture through vibrant learning programmes which delight, engage and inspire young people of all ages.

Having five museum sites across Barnsley means that we are able to deliver unique opportunities for pupils to discover and learn new things. Barnsley Museums Learning offers a wide range of workshops for Primary and SEN school groups, which support learning across the curriculum. Our workshops encompass a wide variety of subjects, including Local History, Geography, Art, English and Design Technology. Workshops include immersive experiences in the Victorian kitchen at Cannon Hall, creative writing using our unique collections as inspiration, exploring local coal-mining history at Experience Barnsley and learning the principles of portraiture at the Cooper Gallery. Pupils develop their skills through a range of activities; from object handling, drawing and writing to observation, discussion and investigation.

We want children to get to know the local museums on their doorstep and be inspired by what they find. Our aim is to provide an excellent service which really meets the ongoing, changing needs of schools, teachers and their pupils. Many of our workshops provide the ideal opportunity for pupils to work on achieving an Arts Award at Discover or Explore level – our team can provide guidance, materials and support on request. Barnsley Museums is an Arts Award Centre. For more information visit:

Film, photography & digital, Museum
Appropriate Age Range
Appropriate Key Stage Range
Early Years, KS1, KS2, SEND, FE
Working Across
Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Doncaster, East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, Kirklees, Leeds, North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire, Rotherham, Sheffield, Wakefield, York
Community Settings, Mainstream Schools, Nurseries, Special Schools
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