Days out in Yorkshire: Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

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When you picture Sheffield, what do you think about?

Probably steel, Henderson’s Relish, snooker and its rich musical heritage like Pulp, Def Leppard and the Arctic Monkeys, right?

Well there’s even more to discover at Millennium Galleries.

It’s packed to the rafters with more arts and culture than you could shake a stick – or spoon – at. Speaking of which, did you know that Sheffield is famous for its cutlery making dating back to the 17th Century. But more on that in a moment.

A good tip is to start your visit with a walk through the Winter Gardens entrance and enter the Ruskin’s collection. This gallery boasts everything from early renaissance art, gothic architecture and engravings to illustrations of birds, flowers, insects and much more.

Heading along the corridor you will find the Metalwork Collection. It contains the cutlery, flatware and tableware that helped make Sheffield famous – just one reason why it is known as the Steel City.

With over 13,000 pieces, it pays tribute to the skill and craftsmanship of past British metalworkers and highlights the most contemporary cutting edge designs by new and emerging talents.

The current exhibition, Picturing Sheffield, will take you on a journey of Sheffield past and present looking at the views of the city and a look at the people who lived here. It’s pretty moving stuff.

As you come to the end of your journey, don’t forget to stop off at the café and shop where you can buy an array of Sheffield-themed merchandise.

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Probably steel, Henderson’s Relish, snooker and its rich musical heritage like Pulp, Def Leppard and the Arctic Monkeys, right?

Well there’s even more to discover at Millennium Galleries.

It’s packed to the rafters with more arts and culture than you could shake a stick – or spoon – at. Speaking of which, did you know that Sheffield is famous for its cutlery making dating back to the 17th Century. But more on that in a moment.

A good tip is to start your visit with a walk through the Winter Gardens entrance and enter the Ruskin’s collection. This gallery boasts everything from early renaissance art, gothic architecture and engravings to illustrations of birds, flowers, insects and much more.

Heading along the corridor you will find the Metalwork Collection. It contains the cutlery, flatware and tableware that helped make Sheffield famous – just one reason why it is known as the Steel City.

With over 13,000 pieces, it pays tribute to the skill and craftsmanship of past British metalworkers and highlights the most contemporary cutting edge designs by new and emerging talents.

The current exhibition, Picturing Sheffield, will take you on a journey of Sheffield past and present looking at the views of the city and a look at the people who lived here. It’s pretty moving stuff.

As you come to the end of your journey, don’t forget to stop off at the café and shop where you can buy an array of Sheffield-themed merchandise.

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