Barnsley’s footballing heritage brought under one roof

Pictured (L-R) are Don Rowing, of Barnsley FC, Sarah Briggs, of Barnsley MBC, and Arthur Bower, Barnsley FC historian.

Pictured (L-R) are Don Rowing, of Barnsley FC, Sarah Briggs, of Barnsley MBC, and Arthur Bower, Barnsley FC historian.

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Barnsley’s footballing heritage will be united for the first time when a new museum opens in the town on June 27.

Footballing objects, which have been in private collections or at other museums across the UK, will be brought together as part of Experience Barnsley, a new £4.3m visitor attraction in the town hall.

Among the memorabilia on show is an England shirt worn by Tommy Taylor, the Barnsley-born Manchester United player who was killed in the Munich air crash in 1958.

It has been brought back to Barnsley on loan thanks to the support of the National Football Museum.

The Manchester United FC Museum have also loaned objects that belonged to Mark Jones, another of Barnsley’s Busby Babes.

The match ball from the 1912 FA Cup final, the only time Barnsley won the cup, will also have pride of place in the museum galleries.

Terry Sykes, chair of the steering group, added: “Experience Barnsley will be great fun for the whole family. Whether you’re interested in football, fashion, our industrial story or how our stone-age ancestors lived, there will be something for everyone.”

The state-of-the-art museum will open to the public on June 27, be free to enter and open seven days each week.