Past Projects

We love working on new and exciting project, but it's our past projects that make us stand out from the crowd.

Check out some of our past projects below:

The Futurist Community Cinema

2018 saw the return of community cinema to Elsecar.

November 15th saw the launch of the cinema in the Ironworks at Elsecar Heritage Centre. Guests donned 1980’s fancy dress to watch the 1985 cult classic ‘Back to the Future’, a film that was released in the same year the original Futurist cinema sadly closed its doors.

There were some great memories shared at the first event and people loved the community focus, polaroid photo booth and of course getting to see the DeLorean itself!

December 14th saw Milton Hall host the second community cinema event this time showing the timeless Christmas comedy Elf. Guests pulled on their worst Christmas jumpers to watch the film and meet real life elves Grumpy and Nice. Everyone had an Elf(tastic) time!

Brilliant event – thanks to all who organised it.

We all loved it – Thankyou.

Went to the futurist event at the Milton hall Elsecar, had a great evening, extremely well run event and look forward to more in the future, well done.

2019 will see The Futurist cinema brought to lots of venues across our Great Place, visit the ‘What’s Happening’ page for full cinema listings.

Interested in supportig The Futurist Cinema, find out more about volunteering opportunities here.

The Futurist Cinema is a creative heritage project supported by Great Place Wentworth & Elsecar, Cinema For All and The Forge Community Partnership The Forge Youth Partnership.

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72 Poppies

During 2018 WE Great Place and The Button Tin helped bring an idea to life, one that was conceived by Valerie Noble and the rest of the Elsecar Holy Trinity Church community.

Working together the group hand crafted 72 poppies to commemorate local soldiers who fell during WW1. The poppies and the accompanying plaques told the soldiers stories and also highlighted where they had once lived within the village of Elsecar.

A map was created and shared with the local community as a way of encouraging people to learn about and understand the huge sacrifice these local men and their families had made.

The 72 Poppies trail ran from the 22nd October 2018 and remained in place for a total of seven weeks to ensure all the anniversaries of the soldier’s passing’s had been remembered.

It was a truly beautiful and poignant tribute which was warmly received within the village.  

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Home From the Front

During November 2018 students of University Campus Barnsley commemorated the end of World War One, 100 years on, by recreating the ‘journey home’ of millions of men and women from the front.

The innovative event was curated and delivered by students and allowed visitors to experience and re-live the real life stories of villagers from Elsecar, Wentworth and Hoyland, who served in, or supported the war effort, whilst enjoying a steam train journey in a carriage reminiscent of the 1918 period.

The 13 month long project was a great success with over 1000 people visiting Elsecar Heritage Centre to experience the truly unique train trip.

WE Great Place were delighted to support the event alongside Elsecar Heritage Centre. Rachel Blake, Great Place Programme Manager, said: “Great Place was thrilled to support this innovative event in Elsecar. It really did bring local history to life.”

The vision for this event was truly magical and painted such an eloquent picture in reality, you can find out more about ‘Home From the Front’ here.

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Flavours Food Festival 2018

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Rotherham Show 2018

Rotherham Show 2018 didn’t fail to delight the hundred of visitors that flocked to the Clifton Park site on the 8th and 9th of September. With the WE Great Place Creative Zone at its heart visitors had the opportunity to revel in a number of free activities which got them thinking creatively and sharing ideas around the future of culture in Rotherham.

Fun was at the centre of this event and the Creative Zone Tipi offered it in abundance, think nature installations, a silent disco, hands on textile art creation, activities YAC, stone balancing and creative writing workshops.

Take a look at what the WE Great Place team got up to at the show here. You can also find out more about Rotherham’s Cultural Strategy here.

A huge thank you to these lovely bunch who helped to create an atmosphere of fun and community participation. Grimm & Co. the button tin Responsible Fishing UK Markmark Productions RMBC Events Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council Arts Council England Historic England Little Social Yorkshire

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Elsecar by the Sea 2018

WE Great Place had a wonderful weekend at Elsecar By The Sea Community Gala on the 1st and 2nd of September 2018.

Our talented creative team were on hand to ensure everyone who visited had a great time. Gemma from The Button Tin helped families make beautiful jellyfish as part of her textile workshops, Megan showcased some archaeological finds and poet Dan Ryder captured thoughts and feelings in his excellent works.

We were also joined by some very special guests, Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore.

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Milton Dig 2018

During July 2018 WE Great Place and Heritage Action Zone supported a two-week long excavation of the Forge Playing Fields near Elsecar looking for the remains of the mighty Milton Ironworks.

The excavation combined different elements of heritage, arts and community involvement and gained wide reaching support and sparked the community’s interest. The dig itself involved in excess of 100 participants, 55 school children from 3 local schools and over 300 volunteer hours.

We were 5 of the volunteers on a very hot July morning. It was a fantastic opportunity and we all loved it. Thank you.

The finds and what they tell us about the historic site were shared at a celebration event on the 22nd of November 2018, you can learn more about the project here.

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The Man Engine visits South Yorkshire!

WE Great Place brought the colossal Man Engine to Barnsley and Rotherham during June 2018.

The visit, which formed part of the Man Engine 2018 Resurrection Tour, was a real spectacle and drew crowds from far and wide to both Elsecar Heritage Centre and Wentworth Woodhouse on the 23rd and 24th of June 2018.

The Man Engine Afterdarker was hosted at Elsecar Heritage Centre pulled crowds from far and wide with its street party feel and received national broadcast coverage.

The Man Engine Afternooner at Wentworth Woodhouse was a family focussed spectacular with a traditional 1940’s picnic theme. The festival style event was packed full of food, excellent craft and artisan producers, entertainment and family fun.

These special events drew in excess of 5000 visitors across both sites and their feedback was phenomenal.

Loved the afterdarker event. My little one who is 6 thought it was brilliant one. So pleased we came along.

Great night, enjoyed everything about it.

We had a fabulous time, thank you so much.

We had a fantastic time and our first visit to Wentworth Woodhouse. We hope there will be similar events in the future.

Loved it! Always a pleasure to visit this wonderful place and the Man Engine was amazing.

It was a fantastic day out – wonderful to see the Man Engine oop north… And really well organised too. Thank you!!!

Absolutely fabulous !!!! Had a fantastic family day . Man engine was amazing ….. made me quite emotional . Can’t wait till the next event.

You can relive these AMAZING events here.

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Tour De Yorkshire 2018 - Elsecar Best Dressed Village

May 2018 saw the Tour De Yorkshire pass through both of our great places and WE Great Place were keen to celebrate and commemorate their presence in a unique way.

We commissioned two great arts focused projects to bring our unique places to life.

The Button Tin’s Gemma Nemer was commissioned to help vision, craft and install the decorations in Elsecar Village.

Inspiration was drawn from the old archived images of the King’s visit to Elsecar in the 1900’s. The vision was to give the Tour De Yorkshire a royal welcome to the village, to capture some true Yorkshire wit and charm, to raise a smile and fill hearts with joy.

Gemma worked with the local community groups, businesses and residents and local business to bring the vision to life. Running a number of hands-on workshops at Elsecar Heritage Centre resulted in beautiful handmade decorations that were used to line the race route.

Imagine miles and miles of blue and yellow bunting, material swags, woollen tassels, large hand-crafted bows and flowers and large scale banners capturing heartfelt Yorkshire sayings – there wasn’t a space left untouched!

In excess of 70 people contributed making the wonderful decorations which saw Elsecar nominated for the award of the ‘Tour De Yorkshire 2018 Best Dressed Village’, without them the project simply would not have been feasible, so thank you!

Learn a little more about the creative process of the Tour De Yorkshire 2018 project and take a look at the impressive piece of land art here.

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Tour De Yorkshire 2018 - Wentworth Woodhouse Land Art

May 2018 saw the Tour De Yorkshire pass through both of our great places and GPWE were keen to celebrate and commemorate their presence in a unique way.

WE Great Place commissioned two great arts focused projects to bring our unique places to life.

The Landmark Collective created a unique, impactful piece of land art at Wentworth Woodhouse. The piece of art, which was designed to be seen from the air and measured 140 metres at its widest part, drew inspiration from a story that guests were given rose petals to leave a trail of confetti back to their bedrooms because the house was so vast.

The art captured not only the playfulness of this story but also embraced the rich history of the site which was depicted through the use colourful shapes and symbols.

The development of the landmark design and spray painting, which covered the west facing lawn at Wentworth Woodhouse, was a real community focused project and the Landmark Collective were supported by children from Wentworth C of E Primary School and Kilnhurst Primary School in Rotherham, along with staff and volunteers from Rotherham Council and Wentworth Woodhouse.

The land art which looked spectacular gained worldwide and national attention. It was it was featured on live coverage worldwide and the design process was featured on the BBC’s The One Show and also won the prestigious ‘Tour De Yorkshire 2018 Land Art Winner’.

Learn a little more about the creative process of the Tour De Yorkshire 2018 project and take a look at the impressive piece of land art here.

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WE Great Place Poetry

WE Great Place are working with poet Dan Ryder to creatively capture the essence of events and projects, a truly unique way to evaluate and capture the story of our great place.  Dan is a poet and editor from South Yorkshire. A graduate of the Manchester Writing School, his poems are found in various Australian and British literary journals.

In 2015, he lived in Melbourne, Australia for a year where he sat on the Voiceworks editorial committee as poetry editor. Voiceworks is a national quarterly literary magazine that publishes and pays for new writing and art by Australians under the age of 25.

Since moving back to South Yorkshire Dan has been Social Media Manager for local arts and culture magazine ‘Doncopolitan’ and has curated his debut exhibition ‘These poets, our kin | These poems, our stories’ at the Frenchgate Centre.

Dan is Vice-Chair at The Ted Hughes Project (South Yorkshire) which runs the annual Ted Hughes Poetry Festival. Dan was recently awarded a Writers by Nature: Scholarship from the British Council.

Dan has supported many of our We Great Place events and this piece captures the true spirit of Great Place.

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Magna Get Up To Speed - April 2018

Great Place Wentworth and Elsecar put the A(arts) into STEM creating some STEAM at the Get Up To Speed event at Magna in April 2018. We used the opportunity to engage with hundreds of young people around ideas of what makes a place great. We gifted the event a poet in residence who engaged with visitors and collected their words to feed into the Great Place poem that will help inform how we create events and what factors are needed to make events great.

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Get Up To Speed for Business

Get up to Speed gives businesses the opportunity to showcase their business whilst helping to address the skills gap in engineering, giving something back to the community. Business events throughout the day give the opportunity to network with the sector and promote your company, whilst over 2000 visitors give the opportunity to look for your apprentices and workers of the future.

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Get Up To Speed for Education

This annual event is designed for young people, their families and teachers to see some of the UK’s best innovations first hand, hear from and talk to those involved in their success and learn about the future of the sector and its evolution through technology.

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Barnsley and Rotherham Young Archaeologists’ Club

The Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) is part of a national network across the UK which provides access for young people to learn about archaeology and heritage in an informal youth group setting. It runs once a month on a Saturday morning 10-12pm for children and young people between the age of 8 and 16 years. It is split across Barnsley and Rotherham alternating between venues and costs 50p per child per session. It is entirely run by volunteers and we look for adult leader or young leaders (over 16 years) to help run and sustain the club. Training for this is provided.

The club has lots of diverse activities to take part in including crafty archaeological themed creations, trips out to historical places and opportunities to take part in fieldwork including excavation. If you want to know more get in touch through

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