Museums Sheffield: Millennium Gallery

Museums Sheffield: Millennium Gallery
Millennium Gallery
Arundel Gate
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S1 2PP
England

Website

www.museums-sheffield.org.uk

E-mail

info@museums-sheffield.org.uk

Telephone

Main Reception

0114 278 2600

Bookings for Tours, Talks, Events and School Trips

0114 278 2655

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Step into one of Sheffield’s architectural treasures, the award winning Millennium Gallery, an inspiring venue in the heart of the city centre.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Industrial heritage site, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Mon - Sat 10.00-17.00
Sun 11.00-16.00

Admission charges

Admission to Millennium Gallery is free, except for some special exhibitions.

Additional info

See website for details

The Metalwork Gallery is home to Sheffield's Designated Collection of metalwork, which hads been recognised for its national significance.

The collection is made up of cutlery, flatware and hollowware made in the city, together with an outstanding selection of comparative material from Europe and many parts of Africa and Asia. It includes silver, pewter, stainless steel and Old Sheffield Plate and is the best collection of its kind in this country and almost certainly the world. The collection dates from the 14th century to the present day and includes unique, handcrafted one-off pieces and examples of the mass-produced cutlery for which Sheffield has an international reputation.

Also housed at the Millennium Gallery, The Ruskin Collection reopened in spring 2011 following a major redevelopment programme which has transformed the Ruskin displays.

The collection was brought together by John Ruskin (1819 - 1900), a renowned Victorian writer, artist, and critic who had a major impact on nineteenth century thinking. In 1875 Ruskin established a small museum in Sheffield so that the ‘working men’ would be able to enjoy and benefit from seeing this wide-ranging collection. Since then the Ruskin Gallery has had various homes in Sheffield; Meersbrook Park, the Hays building on Norfolk Street and since 2001 has been shown at the Millennium Gallery.

The four month redevelopment programme has seen a total redesign of the gallery space, new display cases and lighting, as well as improved access to the collection. The new displays include the chance to explore ‘Ruskin’s Desk’, a new interactive telling the story of the collection, brand new audio visual interpretation and the addition of new comfy seating.

Owned by the Guild of St. George, the collection contains an array of paintings, drawings, photographs, books, and minerals, all of which illustrate the beauty of the natural world or the skill of craftsman and artists. An exquisite painting of St Mark’s in Venice by J.W. Bunney, medieval illuminated manuscripts and detailed botanical drawings can be seen in the gallery alongside large plaster casts of architectural features from ancient buildings and beautiful minerals such as opal and ameythyst.

Collection details

Fine Art, Film and Media, Design, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • The Millennium Gallery has two temporary exhibition spaces. The Special Exhibition Gallery shows blockbuster exhibitions from national galleries and museums such as the V&A, Tate and the National Portrait Gallery. The craft and Design Gallery shows the best in contemporary craft and design.
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Recording Britain

  • 3 April — 2 November 2014 *on now

In the winter of 1939 an extraordinary art project was begun. Beneath the spectres of invasion and aerial bombing, the Scheme for Recording the Changing Face of Britain rapidly commissioned artists to paint ‘places and buildings of characteristic national interest’.

The resulting collection of over 1500 paintings created a remarkable, yet highly selective, snapshot of a fast-changing country. Now held by the V&A, highlights from the Recording Britain collection will tour to Sheffield for the first time in 2014.
Recording Britain features paintings by prolific artists such as John Piper and Kenneth Rowntree, alongside work by contemporary artists including Richard Long, David Nash and Laura Oldfield Ford.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Little Gems

  • 28 April — 1 September 2014 *on now

Since 2005, thanks to the support of Sheffield’s Assay Office, emerging designer-silversmiths from Sheffield’s Yorkshire Artspace have had the chance to exhibit their work at the Millennium Gallery through the Little Gems programme.
This year silversmith and jeweller Jen Ricketts will show a new piece celebrating Sheffield’s industrial heritage and its skyline, old and new.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Yorkshire in Yellow

  • 31 May — 7 September 2014 *on now

To celebrate the Grand Départ of the Tour de France this summer we’ve teamed up with Made North to create an original showcase for Yorkshire’s creative talent.
There are few cycling accolades as prized and revered as the ‘Maillot Jaune’, or yellow jersey. Yorkshire in Yellow invites contemporary artists, designers, and creatives with a Yorkshire connection to design their own tribute to the ‘Maillot Jaune’ in the form of a yellow T shirt for display in the Millennium Gallery. Budding designers can contribute their own ideas at museums-sheffield.org.uk.

Yorkshire in Yellow is part of the official Yorkshire Festival 2014 and is a partnership between Museums Sheffield and Made North, a platform for northern designer/makers.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Recording Britain Now

  • 28 June — 12 October 2014 *on now

Museums Sheffield is thrilled to host the second John Ruskin Prize for art in 2014. Responding to the theme of Recording Britain Now, and inspired by the Recording Britain exhibition on tour from the V&A, the Prize is open to both amateur and professional artists.

Recording Britain Now will feature the work of the Ruskin Prize winner and 22 runners-up. Drawings, paintings, prints and mixed-media work will present a fresh view of urban or rural environments over 70 years since the original Recording Britain project sought to do the same.

The John Ruskin Prize 2014 is part of the Campaign for Drawing and is a collaboration with the Guild of St George.

Website

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

The Dust Came First

  • 23 — 25 August 2014

The images and sounds for this exhibition are sourced from locations of WW2 defence structures that are now being eroded away by the environment. Neil Webb is inspired by these strange broken structures which evoke apocalyptic scenes, such as those found in British science fiction.

This exhibition is part of Drawing the Summer, a programme of exhibitions, events, and have-a-go activities to get Sheffield sketching morning, noon and night. From careful botanical drawings to super speedy charcoal sketches, awaken your inner artist and polish up your creative skills. Take a fresh look at the things around you and capture the moment or let your imagination roam.

Website

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

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.

Meet the Artist: Neil Webb

  • 23 August 2014 3-5pm

Pop in for a chat with Neil Webb, the artist behind the exhibition The Dust Came First. Find out more about his inspirations and how he created this new installation piece which brings together sound and drawing. Neil is a founder member of Host Artists Group and a Senior Lecturer in sound at Sheffield Hallam University.

This event is part of Drawing the Summer, a programme of exhibitions, events, and have-a-go activities to get Sheffield sketching morning, noon and night. From careful botanical drawings to super speedy charcoal sketches, awaken your inner artist and polish up your creative skills. Take a fresh look at the things around you and capture the moment or let your imagination roam.

Find out more about his inspirations and how he created this new installation piece which brings together sound and drawing. Neil is a founder member of Host Artists Group and a Senior Lecturer in sound at Sheffield Hallam University.

This event is part of Drawing the Summer, a programme of exhibitions, events, and have-a-go activities to get Sheffield sketching morning, noon and night. From careful botanical drawings to super speedy charcoal sketches, awaken your inner artist and polish up your creative skills. Take a fresh look at the things around you and capture the moment or let your imagination roam.

Workshop: The Dust Came First

  • 23 August 2014 10:30am-1:30pm

Learn the art of active listening in this introduction to sound recording with artist Neil Webb. Take notice of the world around you on a sound walk to explore the connections between sight and sound.

Experiment with recorders and microphones, and listen to sound being manipulated. After the workshop, Neil will bring together recordings from the day to create a collaborative soundscape.Suitable for beginners to sound recording. All materials provided.

This event is part of Drawing the Summer, a programme of exhibitions, events, and have-a-go activities to get Sheffield sketching morning, noon and night. From careful botanical drawings to super speedy charcoal sketches, awaken your inner artist and polish up your creative skills. Take a fresh look at the things around you and capture the moment or let your imagination roam.

Admission

£15.

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.

Exploring Nature and Pattern Through Art

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=318

Investigating the theme of nature and art through the work of John Ruskin.

Publisher

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

Contemporary Metalwork in Sheffield - Living Metal

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=423

Explore the skills and knowledge of today's metalworkers in Sheffield. Discover the products made and find out more about the people who make them. Explore the skills and knowledge that people and companies use in the production.

Publisher

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

Culture Quake: Interpreting a gallery creatively

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=510

Downloadable lesson plans providing ideas for using a gallery or museum with music, writing and art & design. The worksheets can be used with any gallery collection.

Publisher

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

Metalwork Gallery Animations: Cigarette box

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=396

A beautiful animation showing how a stylised silver 1930's cigarette box by Joyce Himsworth was made and how it was used.

Publisher

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

Metalwork Gallery Animations: Ear trumpet

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=398

An animation showing how an ear trumpet made in the 1820s would be used by those who were hard of hearing to amplify sound directly into the ear.

Publisher

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

Metalwork Gallery Animations: Moustache Tablespoon

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=397

An animation about how a Moustache Tablespoon made in 1883 was used to prevent a gentleman’s moustache from being soiled when eating soup.

Publisher

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

Metalwork Gallery Animations: Pea knife

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=399

An animation about the use of a 1930s Pea knife, designed to assist a diner to eat peas. The peas were balanced along the central slot, enabling them to be raised to mouth without rolling off the blade. It is possible that this knife was designed to be used by children.

Publisher

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

Metalwork Gallery Animations: Turtle soup tureen

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=395

An animation about how a 1800s turtle soup tureen was made and used. The tureen could hold up to six litres of soup in its body and was used to serve soup made from green turtles imported from the West Indies. Turtle soup and mock turtle soup were very popular dishes in Victorian times.

Publisher

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

Metalwork in Sheffield

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=117

Learn about the history of Sheffield's metalwork, read interviews with metalworkers and watch short video clips of metalworkers in action.

Publisher

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

Ruskin and Nature - explore the gallery with your class

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=528

A resource about the importance John Ruskin placed on nature and his belief that we should never take our environment for granted. His collection which inspired the craftsmen of Sheffield is founded on these beliefs and contains many references to nature - good images.

Publisher

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

Thomas´s Metalwork Trail, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=165

A gallery trail for three to six year olds with Thomas the Soup Tureen, plus good images and information about objects in Sheffield's Metalwork Gallery including tea urns, ivory handles, unusual cutlery and mythical beasts.

Publisher

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