Sheffield’s shop treasures saved by new museum street plan

Grace Tebbutt with Collections at Manor Lodge
Grace Tebbutt with Collections at Manor Lodge
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A cobbler, corner shop and chemist - Sheffield’s long lost shopping treasures are set to resurface in the 21st century as part of new museums initiative.

The most popular elements of the Traditional Heritage Museum, which closed in 2011, are being moved to Manor Lodge in a new three year project.

They will form part of an old Sheffield shopping street including a Pollards Coffee Shop, chemist, cobblers and corner shop.

Green Estate, the social enterprise that manages Manor Lodge has been granted Stage One approval from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the street of living history shops telling the story of the late-Victorian Manor Castle Village.

The Traditional Heritage Museum on Ecclesall Road housed an eclectic collection of original Sheffield shops and workshops, saved from destruction by volunteers over 40 years.

The collection is owned by the University of Sheffield, which has been working behind the scenes with museums across the country to save the most important exhibits.

Now several complete shops are being moved to Manor Lodge’s Bramall Centre, which is about to be refurbished.

Domestic household exhibits will also be used in the World War II Living History Cottages under development at the lower part of the site and due to open in the next school year.

Sue France, CEO of Green Estate, said “Over the next three to four months we are inviting groups and the public to help us design a programme of family activities, courses, work experience and volunteering that will create living history displays of the collections, which will be fun and inspiring and conserve part of our shared history that would otherwise be lost for ever.”

Martin Lewis, director of library services and university librarian from The University of Sheffield, said: “Volunteers played a key role in the running of the museum.

“It is important to us to see this tradition continued and built on when these elements of the collection are rehoused.”