Royston History Group & Archives


Royston Lifelong Learning Centre, Station Road, Royston, Barnsley,S71 4EP

Who we are

Historical and archiving group researching and documenting the history of Royston. This venue is part of the Barnsley Safe Places Scheme.

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The group has enjoyed two major phases of funding in the last few years and has produced an extensive digital archive (now available on a CD) and three books.

There has been a huge amount of community participation. The first and third books focus mainly on the huge social and physical impact of coal mining, canals and railways on the village, and the impact also of their demise. The second book details the history of the village before mining, railways and canals and offers a valuable record of the village's almost unique form of local governance.

The most recent project work has involved the community researching the history and experiences of local women who were employed at the 'Volusta' factory, a local shirt manufacturer. The research focuses on the lives of the women employed between the 1940's and 1970's in a village that was otherwise dominated by the traditional industries mentioned above, which employed a mainly male workforce.

Participants scanned their old photographs/documents into the archive, which is now available on CD Rom. There are good links with BBC Radio Sheffield, which has helped to advertise the project. If you would like to know more and join in, please come along.

Barnsley Safe Places

Barnsley Safe Places welcomes anyone over the age of 16 to join as a member. Anyone can feel unsafe or unsure whilst out and about if something goes wrong. The venues available in Barnsley have been trained to be welcoming and helpful to anyone and everyone. There are a variety of venues such as libraries and cafes so you can find a quiet place by yourself or get help.

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Opening Times

History Group Alternate Fridays 10am - 12.30pm

Contact Details

Contact name: Royston Library Team

Phone number: 01226 787222

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Address: Royston Lifelong Learning Centre, Station Road, Barnsley, S71 4EP


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Royston Lifelong Learning Centre, Station Road, Royston, Barnsley,S71 4EP

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Published: 09 August 2019