Museums Sheffield: Weston Park

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

Website

www.museums-sheffield.org.uk

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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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

Mon - Sat 10.00-17.00
Sun 11.00-16.00

Closes 4pm every day 30 October 2011 - 25 March 2012

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.

Made in China: An Imperial Ming Vase

  • 12 July — 5 October 2014 *on now

In the early 15th century, China was a global superpower and the Ming dynasty’s imperial courts led taste in arts and culture. Discover how and why this iconic blue-and-white porcelain vase, on tour from the British Museum, represents a crucial period in China’s history. Sheffield-based artists Jane Elliot and Jonathan Wilkinson have been commissioned to create contemporary work for display alongside the vase.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Workers at Templeborough National Projectile Factory

Sheffield & the First World War

  • 19 February 2014 — 1 March 2015 *on now

Sheffield & the First World War draws on the first hand experiences of Sheffield’s people, both at home and on military service, and tells their stories through objects and documents from the city’s collections. From poignant personal possessions, to mementoes brought back to Sheffield from the front, the exhibition will illustrate the very local and personal impact of the war to end all wars.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk

Ivory-handled razors, c1880, manufactured by Thomas R Cadman and Sons Ltd

Our City, Our Objects

  • 10 May — 5 October 2014 *on now

This display brings together 10 objects from Sheffield’s collections which each tell a different story about the city. Selected by members of the public through online nominations, events and visits to the Museums Sheffield store, they range from a beautiful medieval tile from Beauchief Abbey to a contemporary handcrafted Bowie knife. Our City, Our Objects is a collaboration between Museums Sheffield, the Sheffield Visual Art Group and the University of Sheffield.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

50th Anniversary of Sheffield Biological Records Centre

  • 8 July — 1 September 2014 *on now

2014 sees the 50th anniversary of Sheffield’s Biological Records Centre. The organisation, originally founded at Weston Park museum and now run by Sheffield City Ecology Unit, records sightings of wildlife in our region. This display, put together in partnership with the Ecology Unit, will commemorate and highlight the work of this unsung hero of local wildlife and green space conservation.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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.
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Sketching in the Park

  • 24 August 2014 1:30-4pm

There will be a short introduction in the Bandstand at 13:30, but you can drop in whenever and stay for as long as you like. Whether you are a fully fledged sketcher, or haven’t drawn since you were 10 – this session is suitable for you. Artistic help will be on hand for those who want it. All the materials will be provided, but feel free to bring along your own sketchbook/tablet etc. if you prefer.

This event is part of a programme of exhibitions, events, and activities to get Sheffield sketching.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age
photograph of fossil

Archaeology Handling Session

  • 3 September 2014 2-4pm

Get hands-on with archaeology at our afternoon handling sessions in the History Lab at Weston Park museum.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/whats-on/events/2014/9/archaeology-handling-session-sept

Archeology dirt screening

Archaeology Identification Afternoon

  • 25 November 2014 2-4pm

Bring your own archaeological finds, coins or medals for identification and recording by your local Finds Liaison Officer, Amy Downes.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/whats-on/events/2014/11/archaeology-identification-afternoon-3

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.

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.

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.

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.
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