Schoolgirl Reese Fenton's Experience Barnsley design is icing on the birthday cake

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Schoolgirl Reese Fenton's prize really is the icing on the cake after winning a competition to design a poster to celebrate the fifth birthday of Experience Barnsley Museum.

It was made into the topping of special birthday cake to mark the occasion at a VIP party at the venue inside the iconic Town Hall.

Reese, aged 10, of Cawthorne CE Primary School, won the museum’s poster competition which was judged by the then Mayor of Barnsley, Coun Jeff Ennis.

Her design itself features a birthday cake, covered in candles, with images representing Experience Barnsley including the Town Hall tower and display items such as artefacts from a a recent Ancient Egypt exhibition.

All the elements were used on Experience Barnsley’s publicity material in the run-up to its landmark anniversary.

The event was hosted by Barnsley Museums and Heritage Trust – a charity set up to raise funds and safeguard the future of the borough's five museums, also including The Cooper Gallery, Elsecar Heritage Centre, Cannon Hall and Worsbrough Mill.

Barnsley Museums, run by the council with charity fundraising support from BMHT, is showcasin all five of its free entry museums as part of its first week-long Experience Barnsley Festival.

The Festival culminates on Saturday - June 30, 10am to 4pm - with a History Day in the Experience Barnsley Museum. For more information visit

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Experience Barnsley, the town's social history museum, has hundreds of exhibits donated by local people, from a prehistoric axe head, coal and glass industry artefacts to Dickie Bird and Arctic Monkeys memorabilia. It has attracted almost half a million visitors since it opened in 2013.

The Cooper Gallery, with its art collection by the likes orTurner and Wadsworth; Elsecar Heritage Centre, boasting a full size working steam railway, restored workshops and shops; Cannon Hall, a Georgian country house, currently hosting a Rembrandt masterpiece in its Dutch Golden Age exhibition and Worsbrough Mill, a 17th Century working water mill where visitors can take home flour as it was made 400 years ago.

For more information, including links to all the museums, visit

To make a donation to Barnsley Museums and Heritage Trust visit