Cannon Hall Reopens Using History PhD Research

Cannon Hall Reopens Using History PhD Research

Event details: Opens Saturday 19 April 2014, 11.00am-5.00pm. Free entry.

This Easter sees the reopening of Cannon Hall, reinterpreted in the light of PhD research by Nicola Walker (Department of History).

Cannon Hall is a country house, near Barnsley, and has been a museum of fine and decorative arts since the 1950’s. It will reopen for the summer season after undergoing an extensive reinterpretation focussing on its eighteenth-century past. Visitors can now discover the history of the house, the family and local industry.

As part of an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award between the University of Sheffield and Barnsley Council, Nicola Walker (supervised by Dr Karen Harvey and Dr John Tanner, Barnsley Museums) has researched the Spencer Stanhope family and Cannon Hall during the eighteenth century. This has helped to shape and inform the reinterpretation offering insights from the family archive. The project enriches the interior spaces and promotes public engagement through sharing for the first time the hidden stories of the house and those that lived there. Visitors can enjoy a variety of new features, including interactive resources and audio guides providing historical context and a flavour of what Georgian life would have been like for the inhabitants of the Yorkshire country estate.

After a successful launch in November the house reopens to the public on Saturday 19 April 2014. The project is the first major public output from the three AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards currently in the Department of History, all with museums or heritage sites.

Additional information:

For more information please see the Cannon Hall website.  

Cannon Hall address: Cannon Hall Museum, Park and Gardens Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4AT