V.I.D day was held at Cannon Hall on 24 October 2016.

Inspired by our current PARK LIFE exhibition, this wonderful event saw more than 360 new visitors and their four-legged companions, experience this fun, interactive film & photography show. As well as free dog- chipping, the Very Important Doggies were allowed to enter the changing galleries in Cannon Hall for the very first time & were given a rosette to mark the occasion. An opportunity to have their doggie family portraits taken by award winning artist, James Brunt, raised over £130 for Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust.

Huge thank you to everyone who attended and supported the event. We hope to hold similar in the future.



Last few weeks to catch this unmissable exhibition.

10 September – 18 December


This stunning exhibition of artwork is currently on display at Cannon Hall and will finish on Sunday 18 December.


The exhibition examines its landscape, wildlife, unique character and the love affair the people have with it. Cannon Hall Park and its canine visitors take centre stage in a new exhibition in the galleries at Cannon Hall Museum.


Artists James Brunt and Lena Sass have created an intriguing look at our beautiful park from the perspective of our four legged friends. Created over the summer when the artists collected materials, images and data, visitors will enter our indoor park and experience ‘Dog Cam’, a view of Cannon Hall as never seen before.  The exhibition combines film, photography and materials collected on site to capture a snap shot of the park and the daily routine of the dog walk. This thought provoking exhibition celebrates the importance of green spaces, in providing us with invaluable and treasured leisure time, and the role parks play in the happiness and wellbeing of its visitors.


The exhibition was developed as part the HLF bid & BIG LOTTERY FUND – Parks for People project to  restore and enhance the Richard Woods landscape, parks & gardens to its former glory.

Opening Times:

November to 24th December

Thursday to Sunday, 11pm to 4pm

December 24th to January 22nd


January 23rd to February Half Term

Thursday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm 

Opening times – Cannon Hall Park and Gardens

Cannon Hall Park and Gardens are open all year round. Please note the Walled Garden is locked every night and also some weekends during the winter months and for some special events.


Restoring The Glory Update.

Since submitting the HLF bid at the end of August, the project team & Friends of Cannon Hall have continued the excellent work in raising the profile of the project & holding fundraising events to support the restoration works. News about the bid is due between December – January 2017. Until then do keep your Big Lottery Fingers crossed.

The Friends of Cannon Hall made an exciting new partnership with the CO-OP, who through the Community Dividend scheme seek to make a difference to the lives of people in our local community. 

The Co-op give back 1% of their trading profit in the form of grants to local charities and good causes, so every time you shop with us you will be contributing towards helping others to help themselves.

We are very proud to announce that Friends of Cannon Hall  have been selected by the Mapplewell & Darton branches as one of their chosen charities who will benefit from 1% of profit between now & April 2017. A fantastic £940 has been raised so far! The funds are to be put towards educating the local community and visitors to the park about the wealth of ecology & biodiversity through a series of workshops & activities, starting in July 2017. We hope to bring more news nearer the time.

IMPORTANT INFO: If you would like your contribution to be given to Cannon Hall you will first need to obtain a Co-op card which is required to be registered online. Once this transaction is complete, click on the box ‘supporting causes in your area’. There are three charities, click ‘Back Cannon Hall’ – THANK YOU!


You can support Barnsley Museums, and the Restoring the Glory project in a number of ways. Please click on the relevant tabs on the home page for more details or you can email me at

Thank you!





2 Comments Add yours

  1. What a lovely read, and some fantastic canine pictures. Its great to see such a beautiful park as Cannon Hall through the eyes of the dogs.

    I shall keep my fingers crossed for Big Lottery related good news.

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    1. Thank you very much for your comments. News about the application will be announced as soon as we possible.

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