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South Yorkshire business community urged to back fundraising dinner

Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust is urging business people in South Yorkshire to back our first charity fundraising dinner to help safeguard Barnsley’s heritage.

Singer-songwriter Kate Rusby, poet laureate, Ian McMillan, and Egyptologist Joann Fletcher will entertain guests at the ‘Night at the Museum’ dinner on Thursday 15 March at The Ironworks, Elsecar Heritage Centre, Barnsley.

Figures from Barnsley’s history will be brought to life at the event including the De Morgan’s, William Harvey, Earl Fitzwilliam, Walter Spencer Stanhope and William Harvey. Guests can also look forward to viewing treasures from Barnsley’s collections, from Lalique glassware, to real Roman and Egyptian artefacts, alongside the original painting by Canaletto.

An auction of promises will raise additional funds for Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust to help preserve, enhance and promote the borough’s heritage for the future.

Margot Walker, chair of trustees for Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust, said: “This is a unique celebration in the Trust’s calendar and an exciting opportunity to bring the South Yorkshire business community together.

“Set in the wonderful surroundings of Elsecar Heritage Centre, within the impressive Ironworks building, it’s also a chance to get up close and personal with artefacts and characters from the past.

“With the support of the business community and funds raised we can make sure that the museums and galleries fulfil their potential as inspiring places which are relevant and enrich people’s lives.”

Tickets cost £75 each, including entertainment, a champagne reception and three-course dinner. Book tickets online or to unlock a discount for table bookings (£600 for 10 people) call Cath Longley on 07974 703 182 or email catherinelongley@btinternet.com

 (Above image shows Kate Rusby – photo credit David Angel)