In the summer of 2018, a huge capital project was undertaken to refurbish the auditorium at The Lamproom, and visitors have been captivated by the array of Miners’ Lamps which now form the ‘house lights’ in the theatre. The lamps were all donated by families of miners and each one has a story to tell – all have an inscription which gives details of which pit the lamp represents and who used it during their working life underground.
At the end of the project however, there were a number of lamps that had not been used and it was decided that they should be incorporated into the next project. This project was the theatre bar, which needed major improvement. Work began on ideas and designs, and it was agreed that an image connected with our mining heritage should be used on one of the walls. A selection of images were provided by The National Coal Mining Museum and, you’ve guessed it, one of them was of a miner working in ‘The Lamproom’! Perfect! The remaining lamps have been hung above the miner and light up above his head. We do not know who the miner is, but if anyone can enlighten us as to his identity we would be pleased to hear from you.
The rest of the bar has a Georgian feel about it – we are, of course, a Grade II Listed Georgian Chapel – and it is well worth a visit when you come to a show – the bar is open for forty five minutes before the scheduled start of each performance, during the interval, and for one hour after curtain down.
The financing of such a huge project was undertaken by a small team of Trustees and funds were provided by The Friends of The Lamproom Theatre, The Key Fund and from The Trust which owns and manages the theatre, Barnsley Theatre Trust (1998) Limited. A party was held prior to the start of the season to which all Friends of The Lamproom Theatre, along with associated groups were invited – and a great night was enjoyed by all!
We look forward to welcoming Friends old and new to The Lamproom in the coming season – call into the bar next time you are at a show – cheers!