03/07/2020

Barnsley Mining Column outside Barnsley Interchange to be temporarily stored at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

The Barnsley Mining Column outside Barnsley Interchange will be temporarily removed and stored at The Yorkshire Sculpture Park later this month to allow work on The Glass Works site to progress.

The column – created in 2012 by internationally renowned artist Kenny Hunter to honour Barnsley’s mining heritage – is scheduled to be moved on 14 July to allow work to divert a sewer underneath The Glass Works site to commence.

The diversion work will allow the sewage system currently sitting under the Cineworld site to be repositioned around its perimeter. Due to the scale of the work, it is expected to last for approximately 39 weeks.

To carry out the work effectively, the appointed contractor will need to access the site from Midland Street. To avoid any damage to the monument, Barnsley Council – working with Kenny – has made the decision to have it safely removed as a temporary measure.

As a result, the statue will be fenced off this weekend ahead of its removal on 14 July.

After the work is completed, the monument will be reinstated in a slightly different location.

Further information about the work on The Glass Works site will be shared in the coming weeks.

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