Sheffield 1940s' treasures need to find a new home

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The team that runs a historic Sheffield landmark is looking for the owners of some of its most recent treasures to see if they want them back.

In 2011 the city’s Traditional Heritage Museum, located on Ecclesall Road, sadly closed its doors.

The most important items in the collections were distributed to key heritage sites and museums across Yorkshire.

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Not-for-profit organisation Green Estate, which is based at the Tudor Manor Lodge, received many of the 1940s domestic household exhibits.

Some of the 1940s exhibits held by Green Estate at Manor LodgeSome of the 1940s exhibits held by Green Estate at Manor Lodge
Some of the 1940s exhibits held by Green Estate at Manor Lodge

Since 2015, some of the objects have been brought to life in Manor Cottage, which explores what life was like on the site in the 1940s, allowing visitors to engage with the exhibits and their stories.

In 2019 the washroom, parlour and kitchen moved to a new cottage on Mr Barnes’ Farm and are open for visitors every Sunday, April to September.

Green Estate says that what the public may not know is that many more of the objects have been kept in storage, safe and sound, but with no way for their story to be told.

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Green Estate has held the collection for six years but says that regrettably it can no longer meet the costs of storage or provide the investment to display the rest of the collection.

Clue picture of the disinfectant stone.Clue picture of the disinfectant stone.
Clue picture of the disinfectant stone.

A spokesman said: “We would love for the objects to find their way back to their original owners.

“Unfortunately, we have no contact details of who donated but we are keen to get the message out to as many people as possible in the hope that we can reunite them with a little bit of their family history.

“If you donated, or know someone that did, then please get in touch with us detailing the item. You can call on 0114 276 2828 or email [email protected]

“We ask that people get in touch by May 31, after which we will look at other ways for these objects to have a new life, once again being used and admired by those that appreciate their history.”