Sheffield museum treasures set to get a good show

A number of exhibits rescued from the former heritage museum on Ecclesall Road are to be displayed in the cottages currently being renovated at Manor Lodge. Andy Messer in a mock-up kitchen
A number of exhibits rescued from the former heritage museum on Ecclesall Road are to be displayed in the cottages currently being renovated at Manor Lodge. Andy Messer in a mock-up kitchen
0
Have your say

Museum exhibits which have been stored away in Sheffield for more than three years are set to see the light of day once again.

Some 46,000 display items required new homes when the Traditional Heritage Museum closed its doors on Ecclesall Road in 2011.

The bulk of its collections, which represented the city from past decades, went to Green Estate, operators of the Sheffield Manor Lodge site, but has remained in store ever since.

But now staff at the historic attraction say they are edging closer to reinstalling the exhibits for all to see.

Andy Messer, living history officer at Manor Lodge, said: “We’re pleased the collections were not spread out across the country and the majority of items have remained here in Sheffield.

“We’re looking forward to getting the items back on show and are moving as fast as we can.”

Many of the domestic household items from the heritage museum, which span the years from 1850 to 1970, are being incorporated into the site’s World War Two Living History Cottages, due for completion in December.

The museum’s recreations of Sheffield shops, such as Pollard’s tea and coffee, meanwhile will be reinstalled into a new street – including merchants, a chemist, cobblers and corner shop.

Mr Messer said: “These two new additions will bring great new interactive elements to Manor Lodge as we plan to have live actors at both the cottages and shops.

“We hope to open the cottages for the first time on Saturday, December 13, for a 1940s Christmas Day event, when people will be able to view the two-storey cottages kitted-out with various exhibits while enjoying a range of activities.

“Plans are then in place to convert a barn on the site to house the replica shops, where visitors will get a taste of what life was like in times gone by, although we are still looking for additional funding to complete that project.

“To ensure the remainder of the exhibits get a show, we will also have a changing display to bring items out of storage. It’s going to take more time, but when it’s finished it will be something Sheffield can be proud of.”

The Heritage Museum closed in 2011, after Sheffield University said it could not afford the major repairs needed to the building, which it owned.