Elsecar Heritage Action Zone (2017-2020)
The Elsecar Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) was a highly successful three-year partnership between Historic England and Barnsley Museums.
It ran from 2017-2020 and was one of the first ten Heritage Action Zones in the country.
The aims of the HAZ were to;
- Develop a better understanding of the extent and significance of Elsecar’s heritage – it’s built heritage, planned landscapes, stories and buried archaeology
- Guide how that heritage is managed in the future, for the benefit of the local area
- Encourage and support local people to get involved with heritage-led activities
- Support economic growth in the region
Over the course of the project, in-depth research was carried out by Historic England, supported by Barnsley Museums and Archives staff and local people. This has resulted in a new report about the development of Elsecar, which was built as an early model industrial village by the Earls Fitzwilliam of nearby Wentworth Woodhouse from the late 18th century onwards.