Examining city history

28 July 2016.... Curator Clara Morgan with a true Sheffield icon, the original 1960s Cole Brothers sign which finds a new home on the wall in 'Sheffield Life and Times' gallery at Weston Park Museum in Sheffield. Picture Scott Merrylees
28 July 2016.... Curator Clara Morgan with a true Sheffield icon, the original 1960s Cole Brothers sign which finds a new home on the wall in 'Sheffield Life and Times' gallery at Weston Park Museum in Sheffield. Picture Scott Merrylees
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A series of new displays, celebrating Sheffield’s shopping and sporting history, are to be unveiled in the city.

The original sign from the Cole Brothers store on Barker’s Pool, a sampling of Victorian fashion, and newspaper clippings from Sheffield’s sporting history - everything from 1800s cricket to the modern day Sheffield Roller Girls - will form part of the new display which opens at Weston Park Museum on Saturday,

There will also be a new 3D map featuring some of the city’s key historical sites, including a hut which formed part of Redmires Camp where soldiers prepared to do battle in the First World War, and the remains of Tricketts Farm, which was destroyed in the flood of 1864. Visitors will also be able to explore more objects from the collection through a brand new interactive digital map, featuring maps from the 1700s 1800s, 1900s and the present day.

The new additions to the Sheffield Life & Times gallery mark the first phase in a major £1 million redevelopment of the museum taking place throughout 2016, thanks to a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

In addition to the new displays, visitors can also look forward to three completely new galleries which will open later this year - an archaeology gallery called Beneath Your Feet, a What on Earth gallery and a new art gallery, called Picturing Sheffield.

Clara Morgan, curator of Social History at the museum, said: “Sheffield’s Social History collection, which is cared for by Museums Sheffield, is a unique chronicle of the life of city and the people that have lived here.

“By introducing new flexible displays, alongside our old favourite at Weston Park- looking at everything from the Sheffield gangs of the 1920s to home life in the 1950s - we can now share much more of the collection, and tell even more of the remarkable stories that have shaped the city we know today.”