Visitors get hands on at Sheffield heritage event

Open day at Butcher Works
Open day at Butcher Works
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A Heritage Open Day in Sheffield gave visitors the chance to try their hands at traditional craft methods from the city’s past.

The event, held at Butcher Works on Arundel Street, was attended by students and staff from Sheffield’s Freeman College who demonstrated hands-on heritage skills that form a core part of the college’s curriculum.

The open day also provided an opportunity to relaunch Fusion Café, located within Butcher Works, as a social enterprise.

Students shared some of the workshop skills from the college’s specialist arts and crafts curriculum, such as spoon-forging and felting, as well as practical work they do on the land to help supply fresh vegetables, fruit and salad for Fusion Cafe.

Butcher Works Gallery also exhibited equipment used to teach organic horticulture on the college’s agricultural site at High Riggs in Stannington, which has recently gained organic status for its produce.

Carole Baugh, curator of Butcher Works Gallery, said: “Demonstrating crafts, acting as guides and serving the public in the café on the open day fostered the students’ ability to engage creatively with positive challenges, meet the world with confidence and develop personal initiative and the capacity to act responsibly.”

Freeman College is part of Ruskin Mill Trust, a charity specialising in educational and residential provision for young people with learning disabilities and difficulties.

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