Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Monday, 13 October 2014

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet - Sheffield

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet is an industrial museum in the south of the City of Sheffield. The museum forms part of a former steel-working site on the River Sheaf, with a history going back to at least the 13th century. It consists of a number of dwellings and workshops that were formerly the Abbeydale Works—a scythe-making plant that was in operation until the 1930s—and is a remarkably complete example of a 19th-century works. The works are atypical in that much of the production process was completed on the same site (in a similar manner to a modern factory).

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Festival of the mind, 18th - 28th Sept 2014

Once again, academics from across all faculties of the University of Sheffield have teamed up with professionals from Sheffield’s cultural, creative and digital industries to bring their research vividly to life in exciting, entertaining and innovative ways.  

Festival of the Mind is a collaboration between the University and the city of Sheffield. It’ll strengthen ties and create new understanding between our leading research-intensive institution and the community that supports it. It’s an opportunity for academics, artists and the public to share ideas, learn from each other and promote the city’s vibrancy.  

This year’s festival builds on the success of the first Festival of the Mind in 2012 which was enjoyed by some 18,000 visitors. It includes a fresh variety of exhibitions, performances, lectures, films, debates and demonstrations based around six key themes: Change, Chaos, Global, Joy, Resilience and Urban.  

The programme has something for all ages, and is designed to showcase cutting-edge new thinking in fields as diverse as astronomy and politics, as well as offering a rare chance to explore some of the University’s older treasures and curiosities.  

The glittering Spiegeltent will return to Barker’s Pool and we’ll be hosting events in many other venues across the heart of the city. 

Particularly exciting is the addition of Castle House, an iconic Grade II listed building that’s being opened to the public for the first time in decades to host a exhibitions, sideshows and installations. 


Thursday, 11 September 2014

Chaplin in the Park, Weston Park

Charlie Chaplin returned to Sheffield for one night only as Sheffield University Concerts in partnership with Museums Sheffield had rerarranged a planned outdoor screening of Chaplin films that was due to take place in May.
Chaplin in the Park projected three of Charlie Chaplin’s most famous films on to the side of Weston Park Museum
In 1959 Chaplin revisited past triumphs. He selected some of his funniest early films and composed and added new music to them.
In A Dog’s Life Chaplin’s little tramp adopts a dog companion to survive in the city. Mixing realism and fantasy, Shoulder Arms is a celebrated satire of combat and features Charlie as a boot camp private single-handedly winning World War I. In The Pilgrim Charlie is an escaped convict who is hilariously mistaken for the new minister of a small Texas town.
The three films were combined to form a single feature-length film, The Chaplin Revue.
Charlie Chaplin was last seen in Sheffield in person in December 1904 when he performed as Billy at the Lyceum Theatre in a production of Sherlock Holmes.

Beyond Limits

The ninth installation of Beyond Limits, Sortheby's annual exhibition of contemporary sculpture in the garden at Chatsworth. Beyond Limits showcases more than 20 monumental sculptures by different artists from around the world including one of China’s best known and highly acclaimed artists, Xu Bing, along with Marc Quinn, Christopher Le Brun and Aristide Maillol.