St Mary’s Church Friends Group

A new Friends group is being set up for St Mary’s in Barnsley town centre. It’s for people interested in the history of St Mary’s, a grade II* listed church in the centre of Barnsley, and in caring for and promoting its heritage.

The first meeting of the Friends of Barnsley St Mary group is on Friday 17 January 2020 from noon until one o’clock

Barnsley Canal talk – Tuesday 26 November

A South Yorkshire Industrial History Society talk on “The Barnsley Canal and The Aire and Calder Navigation” by Graham Hague is taking place in Barnsley.

Tuesday 26th November 2019 at 7.00 pm.
The Friends Meeting House, Western Street, Barnsley, S70 2HP. Near the town centre just off off Huddersfield Road. Open to all: £2 for non-members

Armistice Day commemorations

100 year Armistice Day Commemoration 11.11.19

At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month Barnsley remembers

Commemoration of Holgate Grammar School war dead

Horizon school students gather to read the names of former Holgate school students who died in the first world war. 100 years since the first date of this reading ceremony. The Cooper gallery is the former Holgate Grammar School

James Hudson Taylor guided walk – Tuesday 17 September

A red plaque trail commemorates the places that James Hudson Taylor would have known in Barnsley. That’s  James Hudson Taylor – a lad from Barnsley who in the 19th century became a missionary, went to China, and founded one of the largest movements in the world. 

Following on from the Barnsley Civic Trust talk earlier this year,  we have arranged for a guided walk around the town centre based on the locations associated with James Hudson Taylor. All are welcome! 

The walk will take place on Tuesday 17th September and will be led by Fred Thompson of the JHT Trust. The walk will start outside Barnsley College main building at 6.00 pm.

This promises to be a very interesting and enlightening evening. Do come along! 

Talk: Historic Barnsley Streets – Buildings lost and to retain

Barnsley’s historic streets, significant buildings sadly lost and those we should ensure do not disappear in the future.

This illustrated talk on the historic streets of the town and their significant buildings will be given by Stuart Currie of the Tasker Trust.

It’s on the evening of Tuesday 11th June at the Masonic Hall, Cockerham Lane off Huddersfield Road (just north of Barnsley Town Centre).

Stuart will look at the historic streets of the town and will highlight significant buildings sadly lost in the changes which have taken place over about the last 100 years.

He will also look at the buildings which we really should ensure do not disappear in the future. An important role for Barnsley Civic Trust.

The talk will be enriched with images from the Tasker collection of historic photographs.

The meeting will commence at 7.00pm but refreshments will be available from 6.30pm.

At the beginning of the evening a short annual general meeting will take place with the talk from Stuart Currie following.

We hope you will be able to come along to what promises to be an informative evening. Everyone is welcome, members and non-members alike.

Centenary Commemoration of Barnsley Pals Colours laying up

The Centenary Commemoration of the laying-up in St Mary’s of the Barnsley Pals Colours is being held on Sunday afternoon 2 June 2019.

A local project led by Jane Ainsworth has produced new replica  colours for the 13th and 14th Battalions of the York and Lancaster regiment. (First and Second Barnsley Pals)

There will be a procession to the Cenotaph led by a colour party carrying the new replica flags, accompanied by Dodworth Colliery Band, followed by a short ceremony at the Cenotaph and a commemoration service at St Mary’s Church

1.30 pm – assemble with exhibition in St Mary’s Church
2.00 pm – procession to the Cenotaph down Church St
2.15 pm – ceremony at Cenotaph – 2-minute silence
2.30 pm – commemoration service at St Mary’s Church

Glass making in South Yorkshire

Joseph Bramah Annual Memorial Lecture

‘Glass Making in South Yorkshire – its History and Technology’ by Hugh Willmott.

Dr Hugh Willmott is a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at Sheffield University and is an inspirational speaker.

The talk is open to all and there is no charge.
It will be held at 7.00pm on Monday 25th March, 2019, at the Cooper Gallery, Barnsley.

South Yorkshire Industrial Heritage Society is presenting the Joseph Bramah memorial lecture, sponsored by Barnsley Council, to commemorate the great engineer. It is jointly promoted by Barnsley Civic Trust.

James Hudson Taylor talk

Great talk on Tuesday 26 February by Fred Thompson and Philip Nuthall on the James Hudson Taylor trail in Barnsley and on Salem Church. We discusssed raising awareness of James Hudson Taylor and attracting more people to Barnsley to visit Salem Church and follow the trail.

Good to know that the two Barnsley Civic Trust blue plaques started the trail in 2012; now augmented by the red plaques of the trail

JAMES HUDSON TAYLOR TALK – 7pm on Tuesday 26 February

James Hudson Taylor – a lad from Barnsley who in the 19th century became a missionary, went to China, and founded one of the largest movements in the world.

Philip Nuttall and Fred Thompson from Barnsley’s James Hudson Taylor Group are giving an illustrated talk on James Hudson Taylor and the trail that marks 24 sites of his early life in Barnsley.

The talk is illustrated by photographs from the early 1900s, by permission of the Tasker Trust, when much of Barnsley remained as it did in James Hudson Taylor’s time.

The presentation also includes information on Salem Wesleyan Reform Church, built in 1825 and a ‘home church’ of the Hudson Taylor family.

The Barnsley Civic Trust talk takes place on Tuesday 26th February at 7.00 pm at the Masonic Hall, Cockerham Lane, Barnsley S75 1AT. All welcome.