A party in the park was held at Cannon Hall on Sunday to mark the 60th anniversary of the museum opening to the public.
Cannon Hall Museum opened on 1 June 1957 and yesterday, friends and supporters gathered in its grounds for a ‘family day’ to celebrate the six decades.
The sun shone on the event, which featured entertainment from Morris dancers and Cawthorne Brass Band, arts and crafts, food stalls and a beer tent. The new Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Jeff Ennis, was guest of honour at the celebration, touring the visitor attraction and cutting the anniversary cake.
The celebration was organised by the Friends of Cannon Hall, a group of community ambassadors who support the hall through volunteering and fund-raising.
Richard Emerson, Chair of the Friends of Cannon Hall, said: “The museum is a huge asset to the area and it was great to see so many people get together to celebrate its birthday in the beautiful grounds. We hope to see many more families, from Barnsley and beyond, make the most of what’s on offer over the summer.”
Cannon Hall has celebrated more than just its birthday in 2017. Earlier this year, a successful bid for a grant of almost £3m kick-started work to transform its parks and gardens.
And this month also marks the first anniversary of the museum’s De Morgan display, which features hand-picked artworks by ceramicist William De Morgan and his artist wife Evelyn Pickering De Morgan. Both had strong links to the Spencer-Stanhopes, the hall’s most famous residents.
The De Morgan collection will be on display until the end of 2020 and Cannon Hall is the only place in the North of England where the pieces can be viewed in all their glory on a lasting basis.
The museum’s anniversary celebrations will continue over the summer with a schedule of events including flower workshops, literary talks, baking clubs and dance lessons and performances.
The popular ‘Tales of the Wedding Dress – from Homemade to World Stage’ exhibition runs until Sunday 3 September and in November, the Cannon Hall Museum Regency Ball will round off a year of festivity by whisking guests back to a time of Georgian splendour.
Phillip Spurr, Service Director of Culture, Housing and Regulation at Barnsley Council, said: “We’re proud to offer Cannon Hall as part of the Barnsley Museums portfolio and in this anniversary year, we hope to strengthen its position as one of Yorkshire’s finest visitor attractions.”
For almost 300 years, Cannon Hall was home to the Spencer-Stanhope family who made their fortunes in the local iron industry. In 1951, it was sold to Barnsley Corporation (now Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council), and opened as a museum six years later.
For more information about the birthday celebrations and 2017 events, visit www.cannon-hall.com.
- Picture shows the Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Jeff Ennis, and his wife, Margaret, cutting the celebration cake.