The final countdown has begun for the opening of the £2.6million Experience Barnsley museum.
Schoolchildren joined the mayor of Barnsley, Coun Dorothy Higginbottom, at the town hall this week to mark 100 days until the opening of the new attraction.
The Barnsley People’s Museum and Discovery Centre, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will open on June 27 when the biggest transformation to the town hall in its 70-year-history will finally be unveiled.
Thousands of objects, photographs and stories have been donated to help create what organisers say will be a unique and fascinating look back at Barnsley history.
They include: a 5,000 year-old axe-head that had been used as a door-stop for decades; a pony’s hoof, brought out of the Oaks Colliery explosion in 1866; and even parts of Barnsley’s much-loved Market roundabout.
The new museum will also boast an eclectic collection including an England shirt worn by Barnsley legend Tommy Taylor, a 221-year-old fire engine made by a famous local inventor, glistening hordes of Roman coins and Barnsley-made tennis balls served at Wimbledon finals.