Sheffield Hallam University's Science Park and the National Centre for Popular Music in 1999.
Sheffield Hallam University's Science Park and the National Centre for Popular Music in 1999.

Memories of Sheffield's National Centre for Popular Music 20 years on – did you go?

Twenty years ago, the National Centre for Popular Music closed to visitors for the last time having been open for less than 18 months.

By Richard Blackledge
Sunday, 10th May 2020, 1:17 pm

The £15 million lottery-funded project officially launched in March 1999 and was envisaged as a celebration of contemporary music and culture, with exhibits including instruments and outfits from the careers of legendary acts.

But the place on Paternoster Row struggled to attract enough visitors, becoming a high-profile failure – after its closure as a museum in July 2000 it was used as a venue for hire before the distinctive building, formed of stainless steel-coated ‘drums’, was turned into Sheffield Hallam University’s students’ union.

Enjoy a virtual trip to the long-gone museum by taking a look at these pictures.

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