RESIDENTS are being encouraged to bring in objects and memories to a community event in Elsecar which will celebrate the area’s history.

Barnsley Museums have been awarded a grant of £244,111 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for a project entitled Building Bridges and Forging Ahead that will celebrate the history of Elsecar through new community and volunteering activities.

The new project will be launched tomorrow, with residents being encouraged to visit Elsecar Heritage Centre between 11am and 3pm.

Bosses are asking locals to share their memories and objects, particularly of Elsecar Main Colliery and the New Yard Workshops, but also of wider life in the village.

They could relate to their own experiences, or those of friends, family members and ancestors.

Coun Robin Franklin, cabinet spokesperson for regeneration and culture, said: “Precious stories and memories of our borough’s past are important to capture.

“Mining and industry were an integral part of our history, and this project will capture information that will be shared with future generations.

“Events like these are brilliant in bringing the community together for a common purpose, allowing them to explore their local history in new and interesting ways, and engaging with the amazing heritage attractions we have here in Barnsley.”