ELDON STREET – HERITAGE ACTION ZONE

We want your stories!

Whether you were a Teddy Boy in the 1950’s or an Emo in the 2000s, we want to hear about your stories of being a teenager in Barnsley over the last 70 years.

We will explore the influence that local youth culture has had on Eldon Street and the wider area and explore what it is like to be a teenager over different generations.

We will be asking for your images and stories each month, with different call-out themes including music, fashion, youth employment, education, cinema, theatre, pubs, and youth clubs.

We’ll share what we find in a new our digital archive and in pop-up exhibitions within the town centre. There will be multiple opportunities for the public to be involved, including sharing your story online or in person, or by being a project volunteer.

Teenage Wildlife is a community project designed and managed by The Civic Barnsley and is part of the Eldon Street Heritage Action Zone, a partnership between The Civic, Barnsley Council and Historic England.

If you have another teenage story, or a collection of photographs that you would like to share, please contact us by emailing [email protected]

For regular project updates and to see the stories that people are sharing, join us on our new social media channels by clicking below.

Whether you were a Teddy Boy in the 1950’s or an Emo in the 2000s, we want to hear about your stories of being a teenager in Barnsley over the last 70 years.

We will explore the influence that local youth culture has had on Eldon Street and the wider area and explore what it is like to be a teenager over different generations.

We will be asking for your images and stories each month, with different call-out themes including music, fashion, youth employment, education, cinema, theatre, pubs, and youth clubs.

We’ll share what we find in a new our digital archive and in pop-up exhibitions within the town centre. There will be multiple opportunities for the public to be involved, including sharing your story online or in person, or by being a project volunteer.

Teenage Wildlife is a community project designed and managed by The Civic Barnsley and is part of the Eldon Street Heritage Action Zone, a partnership between The Civic, Barnsley Council and Historic England.

If you have another teenage story, or a collection of photographs that you would like to share, please contact us by emailing [email protected]

For regular project updates and to see the stories that people are sharing, join us on our new social media channels by clicking below.

November Call out

DANCE & THEATRE SCHOOLS 1950s – 2000s

This month we are on the search for former dance and theatre school students.

Mavis Burrow’s School of Dance was one of the most lauded dance schools in Yorkshire. It was originally based at the former YMCA building at 16 Eldon Street, before moving to The Civic Hall in the late 1960s, where it stayed until the early 1990s. Former students include award-winning choreographer Jonathan Watkins (The Southbank Sky Arts Awards, Critics Circle National Dance Awards) and Resident Ballet Masters at Sadler’s Wells, Christopher Carr; and many more that have gone on to perform and teach both locally and internationally.

Over the years, the Civic Hall has seen countless performances by local dance and theatre schools, and even today Eldon Street is home to Barnsley Music Services, Pauline Quirke Academy Barnsley and Star Movers Academy.

If between the ages of 13 and 19, you ever performed at The Civic, or was at a dance or theatre school in the Eldon Street area, dig out your photographs and share your story.

The former YMCA Building and the Eldon Buildings, 12 – 26 Eldon Street. 1988. @Aarnsley Archives
Mavis Burrows School of Dance in Germany representing Barnsley on a visit to its twin town Schwäbisch Gmünd, 1984. From the scrapbooks of Louise Devenney (née Tomes)
Louise Tomes and friends Bev, Joanne, Jillian and Helen, official Mavis Burrows School of Dance panto shots, 1983. From the scrapbooks of Louise Devenney (née Tomes)

LESLIE FRANCES HAIRDRESSING & TRAINING

Leslie Frances Salon in competition in Blackpool, Early 1960s. @Leslie Frances Hair Salon
Leslie Frances Hair Salon in its old location at 4 Eldon Archive, c. early 1960s. @Leslie Frances Hair Salon

Barnsley has had a wealth of hairdressing royalty over the year, including Andrew Barton, Chris Moody, Josh Wood, Robert Eaton and Simon Shaw, to name but a few. Since the 1950s, the Eldon Street area has been home to many salons and barbers, including Leslie Frances Hairdressing. Originally based on the upper floors of 4 Eldon Arcade, and its ground floor from 1980; Leslie Frances moved to their current home, the former Cue Ball Amusements at 58 Eldon Street, in 1994.

Over the years, they have seen many changes in hairdressing technology and hairstyle trends. In the 1960s, their hairdressers were taking part in international hairdressing competitions in Blackpool, in the 1980s they raised money for Hair Cuts For Food Crops, and in 1983 became the first hairdressing approved training organisation in the UK and one of the first to offer the then new Youth Training Schemes.

Were you a teen employee of Leslie Frances? Or do you remember getting your hair done for the first time before a night out? Maybe you studied hair and beauty at Barnsley Tech in the 1970s or 1980s? We’d love to hear your teenage hairdressing stories.

Leslie Frances Hair Salon, 59 Eldon Street, 1994 @Barnsley Archives

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