Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TP
Weston Park Museum is a grade 2 listed art gallery and museum in the neoclassical style, located in Weston Park on the bustling West side of the city of Sheffield. Founded in 1875 and extended fourteen years later, it is an important local history resource, as well as the home of John Newton Mappin’s collection of art, which he bequeathed to the city of Sheffield.
Known for many years as the Sheffield museum, the origins of both park and museum were as a private house and garden, belonging to the Hamilton family. When the last scion of the family died, Sheffield City council bought the house and grounds, creating Sheffield’s first city park. The house was demolished in the thirties and the current site is a purpose-built museum and gallery.
The museum hosts both permanent exhibits and temporary shows. And the local history on display reaches back far beyond the records of Sheffield as a tiny hamlet to displays covering the flora and fauna that were around when Britain’s first known cave paintings were being painted at Cresswell Crags, a few miles away. There are displays of archaeological relics and reconstructions including an iron age round house, and Anglo-Saxon weaponry, plus guides to how to see more. Why not take the family out for a day in the peak to see the Iron Age hill forts?
There’s a great deal to see of modern and near-modern history too, with a vast and fascinating photo archive of the changing city of Sheffield, from horse drawn carriages, to trams to super trams! And a permanent exhibit about Egypt –always worth a look.
Whereas there is no dedicated parking, the Durham Road car park is a five minute walk, and museum entry confers a discount, the museum is fully wheelchair accessible, and there are baby changing facilities, hearing loop available, and a café