Historic village becomes students’ muse

Barnsley College students have collaborated with Elsecar Heritage Action Zone to encapsulate the village’s architecture, industry, and local people in art.

The Art and Design students have been working alongside Elsecar Heritage Centre to produce artwork that depicts the history of the village. Their work is in response to the Heritage Action Zone (HAZ), a new three year partnership project between Barnsley Museums and Historic England to breathe life back into areas that are rich in uncelebrated heritage.

The students have been working on different art forms, which can be seen by the variety of sculptures, paintings and drawings they have created to display. After an initial visit to the Heritage Centre to collect information, the students got to work creating pieces to depict the village and people of Elsecar through the years.

Barnsley College Art and Design student Rebecca Warburton said “I really like History and enjoyed learning about the mining industry and how it changed the lives of the people of Elsecar. I decided this was what I wanted my artwork to represent.”

Their artwork was exhibited at the ‘Elsecar: A Village Begins to Reveal its Secrets’ event held to showcase the initial results of the project and is soon to be displayed in the Heritage Centre for the public to view.

Councillor Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “The Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) team have been delighted to work with the Art and Design students from Barnsley College at Elsecar over the past few months as part of the project. The students have created an exhibition of new art work exploring the themes of architecture, industry, innovation and the stories of local people. These themes underpin Elsecar’s unique heritage, and working with the College is helping the HAZ team to explore different and creative ways in which they can inspire new audiences and celebrate Elsecar’s amazing story.”