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Launch event was a great success

Last night the trustees welcomed a museum bursting full of people to celebrate the launch of Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust.

Mr Joseph Locke gathered the crowds at Experience Barnsley with a roaring welcome speech and a moving tribute to the town’s historical wealth: “But when we talk of history we must not only think of that which has passed away; no, we must think instead of what has been before and how this has laid the foundations for what is to come.”

Following from Mr Lockes rousing welcome Josie Thirkell, Chair of the Barnsley Museums Heritage Trust, addressed the audience: “This is an exciting time for Barnsley’s museums and galleries. We are lucky to be home to so many tremendous exhibitions and events all year round and a lot of hard work has taken place to secure significant amounts of external funding to invest in and improve the attractions.”

Josie’s speech was rounded off with a gentle reminder that this wouldn’t be possible without support from people, like us, who understand that much needed funds will help to prevent our museums and places of heritage closing.

Before people were introduced to the other trustees Ian McMillan rounded off the formal speeches with a down-to-earth address: “I’m passionate about preserving our heritage and I am really proud to be part of something that has such a bright future. Seeing so many of you here this evening is testament to the passion we feel for our museums, art and culture. Thank you for joining us.”

The Trust has been established as a fundraising body for Barnsley Museums. It will not have responsibility for operating the museums or managing staff. The main objective of the organisation is to raise money to support the wonderful venues, collections and the activities and programmes run by the service.

Funds raised will enable Cannon Hall Museum Park and Gardens, Elsecar Heritage, Worsbrough Mill and Country Park, The Cooper Gallery and Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre to continue to develop and grow and to ensure they are sustainable for future generations to enjoy.

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