Brian Robinson

The Penistone Archive is very sad to report the death of one of our Team Members and a dear friend, Brian Robinson, who died suddenly in the early hours of Monday,19/02/24. This has come as a great shock to all who knew him. Brian was a founding member of the group and served as Chair for a number of years and his contributions to the team have played a key role in our success.

Brian is well known in the community and in addition to the Archive was an active member in a number of local clubs including the History Group, Gardening Club and his passion for video lead to him starting the Penistone Video and Stills Group. Brian liked people and they liked him.

He will be sadly missed by his friends and team mates at the Archive and by all those who have come to know him over the years.

Our thoughts and sympathy go out to his wife and family.

Brian Robinson

Welcome to the Penistone Archive website

We have thousands of photos, publications, ephemera and documents relating to the local history of the Penistone area and the collection is steadily growing.

The archive is in the process of being digitised which as you might imagine, is a lengthy process. We won’t be able to upload all of it here so what you’ll see on these pages is just a taster. If you don’t see what you’re looking for or would simply like to find out more, please send us an email or pop in to see us – you’re assured a warm welcome and we’ll see what we can do to help.

For more information about the archive and how you can help, please see the About section.

Penistone Archive Group would like to thank anybody who helped to establish this website especially members past and present of the Penistone Archive Group who have donated their time, research and documents which have helped to make this Archive the success it has become.

Towns & Villages

Brief histories of our local towns and villages along with other bits and pieces.
James "Potoil" Ashton, Penistone Town Crier


Read about the good and possibly not-so good characters of Penistone here…
 Penistone Almanac cover from 1944


A selection of digitised copies of publications and documents found in the archive.
Penistone History archives Journal covers


Books, DVDs postcards and the new Archive Journal available to purchase.

The Penistone History Group

The Penistone History Group hold regular meetings with presentations and talks. They’re interesting, informative and most all, enjoyable, covering old, local and modern history plus some by sessions by collectors and enthusiasts, many with local connections. Most are supported by a video screen presentation. Click here to read more about the group and view the year’s programme.

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In Memory of Brian Robinson

In Memory of Brian Robinson

We are very sad to report the death of one of our Team Members and a dear friend, Brian Robinson


Since the archive reopened in 2013, many members of the public have donated a substantial number of items, almost doubling its original size. If you have anything you think might be of interest to us, please get in touch. These contributions all help to keep the archive alive and your help is very much appreciated.

Follow us on Facebook

Our Facebook page is a lively gathering of people who share an interest in our past. Often there are photos and snippets of information that appear here that might otherwise be forgotten. As you might imagine, it’s proved very useful for people researching family history, particularly if they live outside the area.