Art and Craft in Sheffield: Our History in 100 Objects

Art and Craft in Sheffield: Our History in 100 Objects

Event details: Exhibition at Weston Park Museum “Our City, Our Objects”: 10 May 2014 to 5 October 2014. Free entry.

This is a community led engagement project about the history of Sheffield, and is a collaboration between the voluntary members of the Sheffield Visual Arts Group (SVAG), Museums Sheffield and staff in the departments of Archaeology and History. Work began on the project in summer 2013 and so far we have collected hundreds of object nominations from people across Sheffield, co-ordinated a number of museum handling sessions, and taken a number of members of the public into the Museums Sheffield store to help us choose objects for our exhibition. We are now in the final phase of the project which involves researching some of the objects and preparing this information for the exhibition (for more background information about the project, visit this previous article in the faculty newsletter.

As our exhibition opening gets closer, we are finishing off the final few pieces of work that need to be done for the display. We have now decided on the final objects that will be going into the exhibition, and our three placement students have been busy researching them and writing the panels for the cabinet. In addition we have been catching up with some of the groups that we have been working with along the way. During March we have had feedback sessions with participants from The Freeman College and Roundabout, in which we have talked about the research that we have been doing on the final objects.

One of the objects voted for by the public that will be in the exhibition: a Goblet designed by Brian Asquith, who also designed the fountains in the Peace Gardens. Photo taken by Rabia Mirza

One of the objects voted for by the public that will be in the exhibition: a Goblet designed by Brian Asquith, who also designed the fountains in the Peace Gardens. Photo taken by Rabia Mirza

Objects that will be included in the exhibition include old and new Henderson’s Relish bottles, a Medieval floor tile from Beauchief Abbey, and a goblet which was designed by Brian Asquith (designer of the Peace Garden fountains), and overall includes objects spanning Museums Sheffield’s Social History, Archaeology, Metalwork and Visual Art collections.

Our exhibition opens on 10th May, so please do come down!

This project is conceived as a pilot. The hope is that a large exhibition in collaboration with Museums Sheffield and other collections in the city will follow. 

Additional information:

For more information please contact Karen Harvey and Lizzie Wright or visit the 100 Objects website and blog. You can also follow the project on Twitter and Facebook.