Great Place Wentworth & Elsecar is a project funded by Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Arts Council England (ACE), looking at the heritage, culture and community engagement.

Over three years the funding will deliver a range of exciting cultural activity, inspired by the rich history linked to the fascinating Wentworth Woodhouse and Earl Fitzwilliam’s industrial empire at Elsecar. Our vision is to raise the aspirations of young people in the local area and help them achieve their potential using new, innovative channels of engagement.

Great Place is led by Barnsley Council, representing a close partnership with Rotherham Council and Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust.


Wentworth Woodhouse

Elsecar Heritage Centre

Wentworth Woodhouse, one of the largest houses in Europe and two houses of totally different architectural styles built by The First Marquess of Rockingham between 1725 & 1750, the west front of the house in the baroque style & the east front in the later palladian style.


The house was sold at the end of March 2017 for £7m following a 5 year campaign by SAVE and the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust. The Preservation Trust will now embark on a major project to restore the house and open it to the public. In 2013 the total costs of repairs to Wentworth Woodhouse was estimated at £42m.

Wentworth, Rotherham, S62 7TQ

Set within the attractive conservation village of Elsecar, Elsecar Heritage Centre is a unique family attraction and a working hub of industry. With a nearby park, canal-side walks and access to the Trans Pennine Trail, Elsecar Heritage Centre is a fascinating day out for all the family.


There is great collection of craft workshops, shops, artist studios, antiques centres and businesses in residence at Elsecar Heritage Centre. Please note that the opening times for independent businesses at Elsecar may vary.

Wath Road, Elsecar, Barnsley, S74 8HJ



Rachel Blake

We Great Place Programme Manager

Rachel joined WE Great Place from Rotherham Council where she worked for 15 years in a number of positions focused on Regeneration, Economic Development and Partnerships.  Rachel has worked actively with the Rotherham business community and supported the development of the Rotherham Pioneer programme.  She has also supported the Sheffield City Region team and has a good understanding of strategic developments in the region and strong connections with the business community, including at the Advanced Manufacturing Park.  She also has contacts with the education sector and previously supported Rotherham College in gaining funding to build the University Centre Rotherham (UCR).  Rachel hopes to use her time with Great Place to ensure the economic value the visitor economy, creativity and arts has on a local area is realised and the communities surrounding Wentworth and Elsecar are inspired and equipped to access employment opportunities created.

Dominic Somers

Specialist Arts

Dominic began his career as a theatre practitioner in 2001, working with BAFTA award winning Geese Theatre Company, presenting interactive theatre and facilitating drama-based group-work, staff training and consultation for the probation service, prisons, young offender institutions, youth offending teams, secure hospitals and related agencies throughout the UK and abroad. He is an accredited action learning facilitator. He has conducted extensive work as a business diversity and equality facilitator and trainer and worked in varied sectors. He was creative director of Wiltshire’s theatre development agency from 2008 to 2012. In 2013 he led on the development of new projects and wider engagement in arts & culture in Mexborough, South Yorkshire as part of the Creative People and Places project Right Up Our Street. In 2015 he co-created the Ted Hughes Poetry Festival which he continued to develop until 2017. In addition he has set up Field Trip Arts which creates outdoor performance work in unusual places and spaces. He has also worked at several universities and has been recently teaching at St Johns University to under and post graduates.

Megan Clement

Specialist Heritage

Megan has previously worked as both a commercial and community archaeologist since 2013 across West and South Yorkshire and the North of England. She has worked on and led a number of Heritage Lottery Funded projects. She had extensive experience in teach communities about heritage and archaeology. In 2014 she took part in the My Place project, in West Yorkshire, in Bradford and Keighley which worked with primary and secondary school children teaching them about archaeology and providing them with the opportunity to be part of an excavation. Since then she has worked with numerous schools and youth organisations teaching young people about archaeology. She also worked with the Workers Education Association in Bradford to teach archaeology to a group with disabilities and has since worked with other groups with disabilities in Wakefield. Between 2015-17 she worked as a coastal archaeologist in the North of England training young people and communities is how to record archaeology at risk on the coast through erosion, flooding and besandment. She co-founded and is still a Branch Leader of the Leeds Young Archaeologists Club based in South Leeds.

Agnieszka Michalik

Project Support

Agnieszka began her career back in Poland as a news journalist at a local radio station, where she gained extensive experience in media, communications and marketing. After finishing studies in Journalism and Mass Communication, she moved to the UK to start a Master Course in International Events and Conference Management at Sheffield Hallam University. The University has opened many doors to gain relevant experience in events management. In 2017 she worked as a Project Support for the International Film Festival Sheffield Doc/Fest, where she learnt a lot about time management, event production, new technologies (VR/AR) and exhibition set-up. As a Project Support for Great Place project she hoped to utilise and extent all gained skills.

Great Place Wentworth and Elsecar

Elsecar Heritage Centre

Wath Road


S74 8HJ

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