Exhibition draws on town's historical past

A WEALTH of culture went on display as Barnsley's history was brought to life at an exhibition involving more than 50 organisations and 1,150 visitors.

Subjects ranged from the area's mining heritage to military traditions and included a man dressed in historical soldier's uniform standing on guard outside Barnsley Civic in Hanson Street, where Barnsley History Day was held. There was cake making, and youngsters could get creative drawing and colouring history-themed pictures.

Highlights of the free event included a performance by Barnsley folk singer Dave Cherry in aid of Barnsley Hospice, an exhibition of photographs of Barnsley Markets past and present and a special internet session, with experts helping anyone wanting to probe their family history for the first time.

There was also a 1940s-themed caf, fun games and activities for all the family, a variety of plays and performances, a TV studio to record visitors' stories, previews of the Experience Barnsley Museum opening next year and a giant screen of photographs and film footage of Barnsley past and present.

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