Historic school archives open to all

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Archives from a Barnsley school whose former pupils include broadcaster Michael Parkinson, actor Stan Richards and cricketer Martyn Moxon are now available to all.

Holgate Grammar School’s records are at the Archives Discovery Centre which sits alongside the Experience Barnsley Museum in Barnsley Town Hall.

They were transferred to Barnsley Archives and Local Studies in 2012 and since then staff have been working hard on extensive cataloguing.

Holgate educated generations of boys and later girls until its closure in 2012, when it merged with the Kingstone School to form the Horizon Community College on a new site on Dodworth Road.

The origins of the school date right back to 1546 when Archbishop Holgate founded a free school at nearby Hemsworth.

From 1887 to 1912, the school was on Church Street, in the building now occupied by the Cooper Art Gallery. Then from 1912 until 2012, the school was situated on Shaw Lane.

Large pupil admission registers have survived for the period 1888-1923 and individual pupil files from 1923 to the early 1970s. There are also staff registers, prize-giving programmes and photographs.