Sheffield Museums from Home: Live archive

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Throughout the pandemic we've been bringing our collections, events and exhibitions to you online. This page brings together the live talks and tours we've been sharing on our Facebook Live page. Join our curators, plus a variety of experts, to discover more about our exhibitions and collections, plus take a glimpse behind the scenes of our collections stores to see objects not currently on display.

Sheffield Museums Live Tour: The Art of Paper Conservation

Yorkshire-based paper conservator, Richard Hawkes ACR, talks from his conservation studio about the techniques he and his team use to conserve, restore and protect art on paper.

This talk was first streamed live on our Facebook page on Wednesday 24 March 2021.


Sheffield Museums Live Talk: Sheffield Stories

The Sheffield Stories gallery at Weston Park Museum celebrates the very best thing about our fantastic city – its people. Join our Exhibitions and Display Curator, Lucy Cooper, for an online tour of the gallery and hear what life was like in Sheffield in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

Lucy takes you through some of the fashion, toys, gadgets and photographs on display and provides an insight into how the gallery was created.

This talk was first streamed live on our Facebook page on Wednesday 17 March 2021.


Sheffield Museums Live Talk: Women Silversmiths

Join Emma Paragreen, Curator at the Sheffield Assay Office (where precious metals have been tested and hallmarked since 1773), to discover the work of historical and contemporary women silversmiths.

Emma shares some fascinating stories from the archives of women silversmiths from 1773 to present day, and you’ll also see some of the work that is normally on display in our Metalwork Collection at the Millennium Gallery.

This talk was first streamed live on our Facebook page on Thursday 11 March 2021.


Sheffield Museums Live Tour: Archaeology of a Changing City

Hear archaeologist, Ashley Tuck, from Wessex Archaeology, share his experience of working on a range of live archaeological sites.

Ashley specialises in Industrial Archaeology and has worked on many sites across Sheffield including steel furnaces, worker’s housing and Sheffield Castle. In this talk, he looks at some of the locations that feature in The Sheffield Project: Photographs of a Changing City.

This talk was first streamed live on our Facebook page on Thursday 25 February 2021.


Sheffield Museums Live Tour: Portraits in the Graves Gallery

Our Curator of Visual Art, Liz Waring, gives a brief introduction to portraiture from the 16th to the 18th century, and shares stories about the women featured in the Graves Gallery. You’ll hear about the intrigue behind the death of Lady Denham and the intelligent and witty Lady Mary Wortley Montagu.

This talk was first streamed live on our Facebook page on Wednesday 3 February 2021.


Sheffield Museums Live Tour: Ancient Egypt

Our Curator of Archaeology, Martha Jasko-Lawrence, gives a virtual tour of our Ancient Egypt gallery, sharing the fascinating stories behind some of the objects - from a personal ‘listening ear’ stele, used to pray directly to the gods, to a 3,500-year-old piece of bread and a mummified fish.

This talk was first streamed live on our Facebook page on Wednesday 13 January 2021.


Sheffield Museums Live Talk: Objects Through Time

Take a virtual trip into our collection store to learn about Sheffield’s social history, with our Curator of Social History, Clara Morgan. Clara has picked out some special objects to show up close and shares the fascinating stories behind them. Hear about an intact recipe book from 1721, a pair of shoes that probably weren’t Mary Queen of Scots’, and a Second World War incendiary bomb (diffused of course).

This talk was first streamed live on our Facebook page on Thursday 10 December 2020.


Sheffield Museums Live Talk: Whatever the Weather

Did you know that Weston Park Weather Station is one of the longest, continuously recording weather stations in the UK? Find out more about this intriguing apparatus in this talk from our Curator of Natural Sciences, Alistair McLean. Discover the weather station’s origins and some of the fascinating people involved with running it, some of the meteorological events and extremes it’s recorded, and what this might tell us about climate change.

This talk was first streamed live on our Facebook page on Wednesday 2 December 2020.


Sheffield Museums Live Talk: 
Modernity and Myth in the Siege of Paris, 1870

2020 marked the 150th anniversary of the terrible siege of Paris in the winter of 1870. Hear from the University of Sheffield’s Dr. David McCallam as he examines Narcisse Chaillou’s curious artwork Le Dépeceur de rats (A Rat Seller during the Siege of Paris) from 1871. The painting, which forms part of Sheffield’s visual art collection, depicts a young cook skinning and selling rats for meat during the Prussian siege of Paris, a time when starvation was rife.

This talk was first streamed live on our Facebook page on Wednesday 25 November 2020.


Sheffield Museums Live Talk: An A to Z of Ancient Egyptian Art

Ancient Egypt art is immediately recognisable to many modern viewers. But just what is it that makes Egyptian work so distinctive? Dr. Campbell Price, Curator of Egypt and Sudan at Manchester Museum, explores some of the rules that governed Egyptian art and reviews the status and purpose of Ancient Egyptian artistic production.

This talk was first streamed live on our Facebook page on Thursday 19 November 2020.


Sheffield Museums Live Tour:
Behind the Scenes of Sheffield's Visual Art Collection

Enjoy this special opportunity to see what's behind the scenes at the Sheffield Museums collection store our Curator of Visual Art, Liz Waring. Discover some key pieces from Sheffield’s collection that are not currently on display, including Liz’s favourite work and the fascinating story behind it. 

This tour was first streamed live on our Facebook page on Tuesday 17 November 2020.


Sheffield Museums Live Talk: Lines of Beauty - Chastening Desire

Professor Angie Hobbs and Professor Cathy Shrank examine how many of the works in the Lines of Beauty: Master Drawings from Chatsworth exhibition — particularly those depicting classical narratives — show the restraint, or punishment, of desire.

This talk was first streamed live on our Facebook page on Wednesday 21 October 2020.


Sheffield Museums Live Tour: Going, Going, Gone - Extinction and Endangerment in the Natural History Collection

Alistair McLean, Curator of Natural Sciences, gives a tour of the What on Earth gallery at Weston Park Museum, looking in detail at some of the special specimens we have on display. From the Egyptian vulture to the girdled lizard, find out more about some of the world’s endangered animals and learn about species that have now gone extinct, including some you wouldn't expect!

This tour was first streamed live on our Facebook page on Thursday 15 October 2020.


Sheffield Museums Live Tour:
Lines of Beauty: Master Drawings from Chatsworth

Ashley Gallant, Project Curator, gives an introduction to Lines of Beauty: Master drawings from Chatsworth. Ashley shares his insight into the stories behind some of his favourite artworks, what they tell us about society at that moment, and how they can be interpreted. Find out more about how the drawings were collected by the Dukes of Devonshire, as well as some of the methods and tools the artists would have used at the time.

This tour was first streamed live on our Facebook page on Thursday 24 September 2020.