New exhibition at Cannon Hall showcases fine artworks bequeathed to the Museum through Art Fund

Cannon Hall’s latest exhibition features a unique collection of oil paintings, recently bequeathed to Barnsley Museums by a generous local family through Art Fund.


‘A Bequest for Barnsley’, is on display until Sunday, 3 June and includes beautiful paintings such as ‘An Introduction into Doubtful Company’ by Robert Hillingford and three excellent still lifes by Barnsley artist Abel Hold. Two works from the Museum’s existing collections by Abel Hold’s children Florence and Benjamin can also be seen.


Barnsley Museums are delighted to have received the kind donation through Art Fund, a charity that supports museums and galleries, helping them to buy and display great works of art for the enjoyment of everyone. The gift will allow the paintings to be shown to the public for the very first time and will add to the Museum’s already significant collections.


Cllr Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place said: “We are once again amazed by and extremely grateful for the generosity of the people of Barnsley.  The paintings will be well cared for and become an important part of Barnsley Museums’ collection.  With this bequest through Art Fund, visitors will have the opportunity to see the artworks for the very first time, with Cannon Hall the stunning Georgian Country House as the backdrop.  The Museum has a regular programme of high quality changing exhibitions that makes every visit unique and this is one exhibition not to be missed.”


For more information about the free exhibition visit