It is a project which has led to discussion and debate across Sheffield: if you could tell the history of the city in 10 objects, what would they be?
Now, a new exhibition opening at Weston Park Museum on Saturday sets out to answer just that.
Academics and historians have picked out the artefacts which they think best sums up this place we call home.
And, yes, as revealed in The Star last week, that does includes a bottle of Henderson’s Relish.
Our City, Our Objects showcases 10 items held by Museums Sheffield which are integral to the history of the city, and explains their importance.
Included are a handmade Bowie Knife produced here, 17th century clay pipes found during excavations at the site of Sheffield Castle, a medieval floor tile from Beauchief Abbey and a Paul Waplington painting called Wybourn Estate, showing the area during the Eighties. A 1900s bottle of Hendo’s also makes the list.
A toast rack made in 1880 by James Dixon & Sons, and a silver goblet created in 1980 by Brian Asquith are also there.
“The response from the public has been brilliant,” said Sian Brown, of Museums Sheffield. “It’s wonderful people have felt a connection with such a diverse range of things.”
The exhibition is part of Sheffield In 100 Objects, an ambitious scheme run by the museum service along with Sheffield Visual Art Group and Sheffield University, which aims to celebrate our shared heritage. Over the past nine months online nominations and pop-up events have generated hundreds of suggestions.
Submissions have ranged from the well-known to the personal – including everything from buildings and parks to oil paintings and cutlery.
“Cities like Sheffield founded their museums and art galleries in the belief that publicly owned local collections would enrich the lives of their residents,” said Amanda Wade of Sheffield Visual Art Group.
“The access to the full collections that Museums Sheffield has given to participants in this project, and the discoveries this has led to, show how valid those founding ambitions remain today.”
Our City, Our Objects opens at Weston Park Museum on Saturday, May 10, and continues until October 5.