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Barnsley’s Past In the Present, a new exhibition of historical images in Barnsley.

Elephants on regent street? Tanks in peel square? Local photographer to exhibit at The Civic this spring.

The Gallery@ The Civic is delighted to announce that local photographer, John Crossley, will exhibit his work at the arts venue this Spring with his exhibition entitled Barnsley’s Past In The Present.

For the last five years, Crossley has been known for his detailed observations of the changing face of Barnsley & Surrounding Districts, which he shares on his Facebook page of the same name.

“I’m very excited to be able to offer John a space to exhibit his collection. His photos have captured the character and nuances of our ever changing town.” David Sinclair, Curator, The Civic

Elephants on Regent Street? Tanks in Peel Square? The exhibition includes fascinating old images of local spots: Cheapside, Market Hall, Locke Park, The Town Hall and The Arcade among plenty others. Many of these delightful images hark back to a time of horses and carts and cobbles streets, before the rise of the modern buildings that now make up the town. In his collection, Barnsley's Past in the Present, Crossley juxtaposes these amazing archival photographs of Barnsley’s yesteryear with those of Barnsley in the present, creating instantly recognisable, yet somewhat otherworldly images of two worlds colliding.

John is dedicated to creating a pictorial archive of Barnsley taken now for future generations to enjoy. His mission is to try and build up an archive of Barnsley as it is now so town residents have something to look back on in years to come.

“Many times I have walked past a long gone building or place that's gone through a major redevelopment, changed beyond all recognition and wished someone could of spent the time to photograph it so we can look back and enjoy "how it used to be"… It doesn't cost much to get started, Just a love of photography, old buildings and Barnsley.” John Crossley

The historical images used in the exhibition have been reproduced with the kind permission of Barnsley Archives and Local Studies.

John Crossley: Barnsley's Past in the Present opens on The Panorama @The Civic on 28 April 2018 and closes 9 June 2018