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Weston Park Museum: lots to enjoy! Posted On 19 November 2021

Weston Park Museum offers plenty of exhibitions, events and classes over the coming weeks, and for all ages

Weston Park Museum opened 146 years ago, and is adorned with natural history, metalwork, archaeology and oil paintings, to name just a few of the attractions in the museum. In 1873, the hall and grounds were bought by Sheffield council. Initially, the grounds were converted into Sheffield’s first public park by Robert Marnock, and shortly after this the building was transformed into Sheffield’s first public museum by architect E.M.Gibbs. Two long galleries were subsequently added to the back of the building. The museum proceeded to house the natural history, geology and archaeology collections donated by Sheffield Literary and Philosophical Society in 1874. Due to the Sheffield Blitz in December of 1940, the museum and art gallery were badly damaged when a bomb exploded. In 2003, the building was closed down in favour of a major £19m refurbishment programme led by Museums Sheffield, and subsequently reopened in 2006. Further improvements took place ten years later, and now stands proudly in Western Bank, just off Weston Park.

Exhibitions worth checking out this month

Ancient Egypt

The ancient Egyptian collection showcases pharaohs, pyramids, mummies, myths and much more. Ancient Egypt is one of the most fascinating civilisations ever to have lived, and how they were able to create what is still considered one of the seven wonders of the world, the pyramids, remains a great mystery to us. The exhibition boasts 300 objects, including two ornate coffins containing the mummies of Nesitanebetasheru and Djedma’atiuesank, and an ornately-crafted copper and ivory dagger dating from 1950-1550 BC.

This is a permanent exhibition, but is closed from 24th Dec to 3rd Jan.

Proud! Telling LGBT+ stories in Sheffield

This is another exhibition definitely worth checking out, with a display co-curated by LGBT+ people living in Sheffield to explore the city’s LGBT+ history and contemporary life. Themes and stories are deeply explored throughout the displays, as well as personal experiences.

The exhibition runs until 31st July 2022.

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