Why I Became a Friend of Museums Sheffield

  • William John Stevenson, River Don at Wardsend, Sheffield, 1875 © Museums Sheffield
  • Unknown artist, View of Sheffield from Sharrow Moor, c1838 © Museums Sheffield
  • Thomas Creswick, Hillsborough, Sheffield, c19th century © Museums Sheffield
  • Maurice de Sausmarez, Lodge Moor in the Evening, Sheffield, 1941 © the artist's estate
  • Mandy Payne, Paradise Lost © the artist
  • Jonathan Wilkinson, The Egg Box © the artist
  • JMW Turner, View of Sheffield from Derbyshire Lane, 1797 © Guild of St George & Museums Sheffield
  • Jack Kettell, Rebuilding a Blast Furnace, 1964-65 © the artist's estate
  • Henry Rushbury, Snig Hill from Angel Street, 1941 © the artist's estate
  • Derrick Greaves, Sheffield, 1953 © Derrick Greaves, courtesy James Hyman Gallery, London

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People become members of Museums Sheffield’s Friends scheme for many different reasons – for some it’s a love of art or history, for others it’s a chance to contribute to our charitable work safeguarding and celebrating the city’s cultural heritage. When one of our newest members, Teresa, joined recently she told us why she wanted to show her support:  

‘My brother moved to Sheffield from London some 20 years ago, so I've made regular trips up to Sheffield over the years. I always enjoy a trip to one of the Sheffield’s museums and galleries, the Graves being my favourite - that little lift taking you up to a hidden corner of the city is a 'Harry Potter' moment.

‘I've been aware of the difficulties that Museums Sheffield face, and wanted to show my support to a fantastic professional service. I've often had a quick hour wandering around the Graves spending some time with old favourites (Spencer’s Helter Skelter) but also new friends (Eve). It's great to see some of the changing exhibitions - the recent print exhibition was wonderful - and a real insight to a local artist.  The captions are thoughtful, the hanging is lovely, and the staff are friendly and helpful.

‘I've dragged my brother and his family in, and my mother (my parents moved up from London about 5 years ago). These are special spaces to create family memories in, to share moments and to find out new things about each other (that gorgeous picture of the Dales with all the walls sparked my Dad to talk about bits of his childhood in Ireland that I didn't know about).

‘I've gone to the other museums as well - but the Graves is my special one - even though I live in Greenwich. So that's the other reason to be a Friend - I don't pay local taxes, but I have the privilege of popping in. So I thought I'd say thank you.’

For more information or to join Museums Sheffield's Friends click here

Feb 27 2013

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