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Sheffield & Rotherham

 

A statue of the Roman god of metalworking, Vulcan, perches on top of Sheffield's town hall, a symbol of the city's main industry. Cutlery has been made here since medieval days, and steel since the 18th century. Today, this industrial city has the most modern urban tramway system in the country and a palatial indoor shopping centre, Meadow Hall; the formerly derelict canal basin has been redeveloped as Victoria Quays; and the Winter Gardens, an urban greenhouse adjoining the stunning new Millennium Galleries, have revitalised the centre.

 

Coal, iron and steel transformed 19th-century Rotherham into an industrial town. Little of the medieval town remains today but Rotherham has capitalised on its industrial heritage by transforming a former steelworks into the hugely popular tourist attraction Magna.

 

ABBEYDALE INDUSTRIAL HAMLET (A1] A former industrial complex is home to a museum which recreates the local steelmaking industries of the 18th and 19th centuries. On display are working water wheels, forging hammers and grindstones, and the only surviving Huntsman crucible furnace. A new gallery equipped with audioguides and interactive displays brings the experience to life.

 

ALL SAINTS' CHURCH [C3]

Most of the church dates from the 15th century. Interesting features include fan vaulting, a Saxon coffin lid, and finely carved bench ends.

 

BISHOP'S HOUSE [A2J The oldest surviving timber-framed house in Sheffield was built around 1500 and retains many original features. It is now a museum of domestic life with furnishings recreating the style of the home of a prosperous 17th-century yeoman.

 

BOTANICAL GARDENS [A2]

A fine example of the Victorian informal 'Gardenesque' style, the recently restored gardens display a wide variety of trees and shrubs and are noted for their grand promenade and some of the earliest curvilinear glass pavilions, built by )oseph Raxton, architect of the fabled Crystal Ralace.

 

CITY MUSEUM AND MAPPIN ART GALLERY [A2| The City Museum has displays of Sheffield plate, antique cutlery, archaeology, natural history and decorative arts. The adjoining Mappin Gallery has some splendid landscapes, portraits and still-lifes, dating from between the 16th and 19th centuries, and includes the works of artists such as Turner and Constable. In 2006, the complex will reopen as Weston Park Museum.

 

THE CHAPEL OF OUR LADY

[C3] Perching on top of the four-arched old Don bridge in Rotherham, the restored 1483 chapel is one of very few remaining bridge chapels in Britain. In the 18th century it became the town gaol and two tiny cells in the crypt are vestiges from these days.

 

CLIFTON HOUSE [C3] Built in 1783 as a home for the Walkers, a family of Rotherham iron manufacturers, it is now the town museum. On view is an extensive collection of Rockingham porcelain as well as glass and archaeological exhibits and the ruins of a Roman fort at Templeborough.

 

THE FIRE POLICE MUSEUM

[p386 C4] A collection of old fire engines, equipment and uniforms are displayed in a Victorian police and fire station. The exhibits include reconstructions of cells and the scene of a road traffic accident.

 

GRAVES ART GALLERY [P386 D3] In the heart of the city centre, the gallery has an impressive collection of late 19th-20th-century British and European art including works by Matisse and Picasso.

 

Kill)AM ISLAND INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM [p386 C5] Sheffield's industrial heritage is recreated in this museum, with demonstrations by craftsmen using traditional steelmaking techniques. Among the exhibits are a steam engine and a Bessemer converter, a giant steel-producing piece of machinery.

 

MAGNA [B3] Set within a vast former steelworks, the innovative science adventure centre has superb interactive displays in four themed pavilions on the main elements used in steelmaking: air, earth, water and fire. The building won the 2001 RIBA Stirling prize for architecture.

 

MILLENNIUM GALLERIES

[p386 D3] The inspiring new venue for visual arts, craft and design includes a collection of paintings, drawings, minerals and prints brought together by 19th-century social reformer John Ruskin. The galleries also contain displays on Sheffield's metalworking heritage and works on loan from museums such as the Tate and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

 

SHEFFIELD BUS MUSEUM [B3J The former tram depot at Tlnsley is home to a collection of old buses as well as bus timetables, tickets and models.

 

SHEFFIELD CATHEDRAL [p386 C4] Built in the Perpendicular Gothic style, the cathedral's oldest parts date from the 15th century. Notable features include the Shrewsbury Chapel and Chapter House with fine stained glass depicting scenes from Sheffield's history.