Objects To Treasure in Barnsley

12th October 2017

Every Thursday we’ll be sharing an object to treasure in Barnsley. Keep up to date on our Facebook page.

15th February

This painting, by British artist Wyndham Tyron, is known as ‘The Church of the Knights Templar, Segovia, Spain’. It was painted in 1910 and is part of one of the most important collections of British Art in the country. It is on display in the Cooper Gallery’s Trustees collection.

8th February

These vases date back to 1875 and were made by Minton, one of the largest Victorian ceramic manufacturers. They were made using the ancient ‘cloisonné’ technique, which was used for decorating metalwork and later developed for use on ceramics. The vases can be found at Cannon Hall Museum.

1st February

This red tin set dates back to the 20th century and was taken to the coal pit every day by the donor’s father. The teapot, cup and strainer were just as important as the equipment the miners used, as keeping refreshed was vital in the conditions they worked in. It is part of the collection at Experience Barnsley Museum.

25th January

This painting is known as ‘The Doge’s Palace, Venice’ by Louis Desire Thienon. It is an excellent example of the French artist’s work dating back to the mid-1800s. The painting is now part of the Cooper Gallery Trustees collection.

18th January

This Pewter centrepiece shows a nymph holding a dove. It dates back to 1895 and is a perfect example of Art Nouveau style. It was made by the German manufacturer Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik, and is now part of the Cannon Hall Museum collection.


11th January

Today is the Heritage Lottery’s #HeritageTreasures day. To celebrate, we’ve put together our top three heritage treasures from Barnsley. Use the hashtags #HeritageTreasures and #LoveHeritage to share yours with us on Twitter @BarnsleyMHT

The first is this knitted peaked hat worn by Stan Richards in almost every scene he played as ‘Seth Armstrong’ in Emmerdale – now on display at Experience Barnsley Museum.

The second is this vase designed by Sian Leeper for Moorcroft and inspired by the gardens at Cannon Hall Museum.

Our third treasure is this flower shaped brooch – one of several pieces in a collection of jewellery belonging to Eva Burnett, a ballroom dancer from Barnsley. Now on display at Experience Barnsley Museum.

4th January

‘Study of a Seated Boy’ by Adriasen van de Velde (1636 – 1672) is a simple pencil and wash on paper painting from the Dutch artist. Van de Velde was from Amsterdam and was employed by other artists to supply figures for their paintings. This artwork is part of the Cooper Gallery Trustees collection.

21st December

‘Flowerpiece’ by Jan van Huysum (1682-1749) is a brilliantly colourful oil on canvas and a fine example of a Dutch masterpiece.  Van Huysum was from Amsterdam and was  internationally famous in his own lifetime. More examples of his work can be seen in the National Gallery, London and the Louvre, Paris.  This piece is part of the Cannon Hall Museum collection.

14th December

This helmet is from the Women Against Pit Closures movement (1984-85). It is a strong visual reminder of the Miners’ Strike, one of the most troubled times in Barnsley’s modern history. It is part of the collection at Experience Barnsley Museum.

7th December

This oil on canvas is called ‘The Beggar Girls’ by Pierre Auguste Cot (1837-1883). Cot studied in Toulouse then based himself in Paris. His classical style was popular and he became a great success in Europe and America. The piece is now part of the Cooper Gallery Trustees collection.

30th November

This cabinet dates back to 1685. It has a body made from deal and drawers made from oak, with a cocus wood veneer sometimes called Jamaica ebony. It is part of Cannon Hall Museum’s collection.

23rd November

This Egyptian Design tin is one of dozens of colourful and characterful tins from the Canister Company in Barnsley’s collections. It is part of the collection at Experience Barnsley Museum.

16th November 

This sketch, by world famous artist Joseph Mallord William Turner, is known as ‘A View of Old Bregenz, Austria’. It is part of the Cooper Gallery Trustees collection.

9th November

This vase is from the late 19th century and was made by French glass artist Emile Gallé. He was one of the major figures in the French Art Nouveau movement. It is now part of the Cannon Hall Museum collection.

2nd November

This Bronze Roman bracelet is from the 2nd to 3rd century AD.  An archaeological find from Billingley and one of several pieces of evidence of Roman life in Barnsley. It is now part of the collection at Experience Barnsley Museum.

26th October 

This oil painting called ‘Hurricane before St Malo’ is by Eugène Louis Gabriel Isabey (1803-1886).

The large and dramatic painting is one of several by Isabey collected by Samuel Joshua Cooper of Barnsley. It is now part of the Cooper Gallery Trustees’ collection.

19th October

This vase was made by Joe Juster for William de Morgan, c.1890.  It’s an example of work from the Arts and Crafts period, an influential movement advocating the quality of art, design and life in the face of mass industrialisation.

This piece has come from the V&A and is now part of the collection at Cannon Hall Museum.

12th October

The first in our  Objects To Treasure series. The Death Penny from the First World War can be found in the Experience Barnsley: Museum & Discovery Centre collection.

Private Harry Sargeant from Barnsley died in action in France in May 1917. He was 26 years old and worked at Rylands before the war.