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Brought to Light: The Remarkable Bateman Collection

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Friday 27 May 2022 - Sunday 15 January 2023

Thomas Bateman (1821–1861) was fascinated by the past and ahead of his time. A pioneering Victorian antiquarian, he founded a museum at his Derbyshire home presenting artefacts and specimens from across the globe.

Bateman’s extensive excavations in the Peak District expanded his family’s collection. When the museum closed in the 1890s, Sheffield joined some of the world’s leading museums in acquiring parts of its holdings. Today, much of the city’s local archaeology collection, as well as minerals, ceramics, metalwork and fossils, can be traced to Bateman.

This exhibition was made possible with a grant from the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund

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The exhibition was made possible with the assistance of The Curry Fund of the Geologists’ Association and support from the Bill Pettit Memorial Award of NatSCA.

Thomas Bateman (1821–1861), and His Son, Thomas Joseph Banks (1828–1896), 1860 © Sheffield Museums