Museums Sheffield: Weston Park

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At Museums Sheffield: Weston Park you can explore the world and its past, from millions of years ago to the present day.

Children and adults will love the animated new displays, specially designed to delight even our littlest explorers. From Egyptian Mummies, to a traditional butchers shop. From Snowy the polar bear, to living ants and bees. The city's amazing collections of beautiful, varied and unusual treasures will be brought to life by fascinating histories, incredible facts and hands-on interactives.

Fun-filled, creative activities are available daily for families and school groups. An attractive new café serves fresh and tasty refreshments. All this, combined with regularly changing exhibitions and displays, means there are plenty of reasons to return time after time.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Open Every Day
Monday-Friday 10am-4pm
Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 11am-4pm
Bank Holidays 10am-5pm

Admission charges

Admission free, except for some special events.

Additional info

There are up to 6 disabled spaces given by the University of Sheffield off Mushroom lane opposite the entrance to the terrace leading to the café. There is access through here straight onto the terrace area and up to the main entrance or through the café.

Collection details

World Cultures, Coins and Medals, Natural Sciences, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

History Lab

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

History Lab is a place for budding sleuths to help us find answers to some of the intriguing questions history has thrown our way.

Just why did someone bury a hoard of coins under Fargate? Can you guess what the mystery objects dug up in Sheffield were used for? You can see the amazing Benty Grange saxon helmet here and dress up as a Victorian servant.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/museums/weston-park/exhibitions/current/history-lab

About Art

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

About Art takes a different approach to displaying art in a gallery.

You'll still find wonderful paintings from Sheffield's collection here, but you'll also discover more about where artists find their inspiration, the materials they use, and how to read things like colour and symbolism when looking at art.

Works on display in the gallery include Godfrey Kneller's Hortense Mancini, Duchess of Mazarin(1693) and L S Lowry's Meeting Point (1965).

About Art is also the home of recent addition Selkie the Seal, carved from beautiful alabaster. Don't forget to create your own artwork and hang it in the gallery before you leave.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/museums/weston-park/exhibitions/current/about-art

Sheffield Life and Times

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

Sheffield Life & Times tells the story of the city from the point of view of the people who have lived here.

From the weird and wonderful neolithic stone carvings of the peak district, through to the troubled days of the miner's strike and Sheffield's regeneration, this gallery shows what makes this city special.

You'll discover the natural resources which helped turn Sheffield into the 'Steel City', the slums of Victorian Sheffield, the city's radical political past, and the impact of post-war planning and immigration. Alongside real life displays such as Burton's butcher's shop and relics from the Sheffield Flood of 1864 you'll find paintings of Sheffield from the city's collection and a host of interactives.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/museums/weston-park/exhibitions/current/sheffield-life-and-times

Arctic World

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

Before Weston Park closed for restoration, visitors were asked to vote for their favourite object. Snowy the polar bear won. Children from local schools helped design a special place in the new museum for Snowy. Arctic World is a result of their ideas. It answers the questions the children asked about life in the North American Arctic. Say hello to Snowy, meet the polar bear cubs, and have a go at building your own mini igloo.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/museums/weston-park/exhibitions/current/arctic-world

What on Earth!

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

What on Earth! is an interactive introduction to the natural world and a showcase for Sheffield's amazing natural history collections.

In Close to Home, you can see and hear the animals that can be found living on the moors, in the woods or even in your own home. Explore the Weird and Wonderful area where you can design your own creatures, or pay a visit to the museum's very own beehive and ant colony.

Take a stroll through the ancient lands exhibit, but watch out for the hyenas, giant millipedes and sharks! In the Power of Nature section, find out how wind and water turns boulders into mud and why dung beetles are stronger than elephants.

From spring 2014 What on Earth! will be home to a new display exploring the ecosystem of Greno Wood, an ancient woodland in the north of the city. Natural Connections has been developed in partnership with Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust to explore the links between the diverse species which live in Greno Wood.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/museums/weston-park/exhibitions/current/what-on-earth!

Treasures

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

In 2012 the Treasures gallery underwent a major redisplay and now showcases some of the remarkable highlights of the Sheffield's World Cultures collection, exploring their links with the city and its people.

The gallery illustrates the diversity of Sheffield’s cultural heritage, showcasing objects that have travelled many thousands of miles to the region. The exhibits on display have been developed by a group of young people who, along with local communities, have worked with Museums Sheffield to share the stories of these objects and look at how they found their way into the city’s collections.

In the Treasures gallery displays visitors can see:

• A crocodile skull bought back to the city from India in the late 1800s. Sheffield’s Fred Webster was attacked by the Crocodile, but escaped with his life when the crocodile was shot. When the contents of the crocodile’s stomach were examined, several items of jewellery were discovered suggesting a previous human victim.

• A knife made in Sheffield in 1835 by Joseph Elliot. Elliot had businesses all over Europe and the Americas and sold the knife to the Sioux people of North America, who crafted its deer hide sheath. The knife was later discovered by Sheffield collector, John Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie, the 2nd Baron of Wharncliffe, who brought it back to the city.

• A set of ornate 19th century Japanese dolls given as a gift to local industrialist Sir Arthur Balfour. The conservation and display of the dolls was made possible thanks to the generosity of Museums Sheffield’s supporters.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/museums/weston-park/exhibitions/current/treasures

Natural Connections

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

Museums Sheffield has partnered with Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust to create a new permanent display at Weston Park museum.

Using Greno Wood in north Sheffield as an example, Natural Connections explores the links between the diverse species which living teh city's green spaces. Visitors can discover who eats who in a giant food web, featuring specimens from the museum’s collections, and also have the chance to take a closer look at some of the Wood's mini-beasts through an interactive microscope. The display also feature a new animation highlighting the importance of working to protect the wood’s wildlife habitats.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/museums/weston-park/exhibitions/current/natural-connections

Weston Park

Traces of Empire: Decoration and Design in Roman Britain

  • 1 December 2014 — 30 October 2015 *on now

In 43 AD, Britain was invaded and became a province of the Roman Empire. However trade, population movement and political alliances meant links had been forged before the invasion.

This new display looks at the change in decoration and style during this period using significant archaeological finds from Museums Sheffield’s collections.

Life on the Edge: Ice Age Frontier

  • 28 March — 20 September 2015 *on now

Just 20 miles south east of Sheffield, Creswell Crags was once Europe’s northern frontier of settlement. During this period of great climate change between 50,000 and 10,000 years ago, a series of caves at Creswell provided occasional shelter to nomadic hunters in search of food.

The items these distant relatives left behind tell a story of lives lived on the edge and are the subject of this new exhibition, in partnership with Creswell Heritage Trust. From the remains of long extinct woolly rhinos and mammoths, to the tools and weapons used to hunt them, Life on the Edge will explore the close relationship between Ice Age people and their environment. It will show that despite the daily struggle to survive, our ancestors displayed a taste for creativity and decoration we can recognise today, crafting jewellery, bone carvings and cave paintings to depict the world around them.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/museums/weston-park/exhibitions/coming-soon/life-on-the-edge-ice-age-frontier

Secret Egypt: Unravelling Truth from Myth

  • 17 October 2015 — 10 April 2016

Should we beware the mummy’s curse? Were the Egyptians obsessed with death? Did aliens build the pyramids? Opening at Weston Park in October, Secret Egypt will challenge some of the enduring myths about ancient Egypt perpetuated through films, books and other popular media.

Bringing together 150 objects from animal and human mummies to ceramics and jewellery, the exhibition invites visitors to explore a range of fascinating archaeological evidence to revaluate what they understand about this remarkable civilisation.

A touring exhibition from the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, loaned by Birmingham Museums Trust on behalf of Birmingham City Council.

Website

http://museums-sheffield.org.uk/museums/weston-park/exhibitions/coming-soon/secret-egypt

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Creation Station: Little Explorers

  • 7 September 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 14 September 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 21 September 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 28 September 2015 10:30-11:30am

It can be tricky providing your child with the right balance of education and entertainment, we understand this. So we've joined up with the award-winning Creation Station to bring you arts and crafts Exploration sessions – the perfect solution for all your child’s creativity needs.

Admission

£5 per session or £30 for 7 sessions

Website

http://museums-sheffield.org.uk/whats-on/events/2015/9/creation-station-little-explorers11

Lunchtime Talk: Fighting Wildlife Crime

  • 10 September 2015 1-1:45pm

Join Alan Firth, Investigations Officer for the RSPB in the North, to find out more about the work his team does, particularly around protecting birds of prey. Alan will discuss how the RSPB works with partner agencies and the extent of wildlife crime in the UK.

Website

http://museums-sheffield.org.uk/whats-on/events/2015/9/lunchtime-talk-fighting-wildlife-crime

Saturday Sessions

  • 26 September 2015 1-4pm

Need a break from shopping with the kids? Why not drop by Weston Park and do something hands-on and fun as a family. These informal sessions are suitable for all ages and all abilities – just join in.

Website

http://museums-sheffield.org.uk/whats-on/events/2015/9/saturday-sessions

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Breaking Chains - Sheffield Civil Rights

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=460

Exploring the role local campaigners played in securing worker rights in Sheffield, by looking at a dramaisation of a visit to Sheffield by Olaudah Equiano, a former slave who campaigned for the abolition of the slave trade.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Art Cart

Join the Art Cart for some creative fun as it travels around the Museum, for children aged 4-11 years from 11.30-15.45.

How to obtain

Art Cart is free - just drop in. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact info@museums-sheffield.org.uk.

Sheffield Wildlife Watch Club

http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/coresite/html/events.asp?site=19&id=1069

Sheffield Wildlife Trust and Museums Sheffield have joined forces and are looking for nature detectives aged 5–13 years to join a new group, to explore the outdoors and have fun getting closer to wildlife. The club meets on the 3rd Saturday of the month, 11.00-12.30.

How to obtain

Sessions are free, with a small charge for refreshments.Do book in advance as places are limited. Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For further details about Wildlife Watch or to book a place, please call 0114 263 4335.

Txt Manor: Mary Queen of Scots in Sheffield

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=321

Describing a community project with young people at risk of exclusion on the Manor estates in Sheffield. Young people learned about historical facts and characters through drama and art based sessions. The resource also provides information about Sheffield Manor Lodge and the lives of Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I, George Talbot and Bess of Hardwick.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Museums Sheffield: Weston Park
Weston Park
Western Bank
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S10 2TP
England

Website

www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/museums/weston-park/home

E-mail

General enquiries

info@museums-sheffield.org.uk

Telephone

Bookings for Tours, Talks, Events and School Trips

0114 278 2655

Main Reception

0114 278 2600

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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