Millennium Gallery is both a museum and gallery located in the city centre and is dedicated to exploring Sheffield's rich history.
ABOUT THE GALLERY
The Millennium Gallery is a museum and art gallery in Sheffield city centre, directly opposite the Graves Gallery and only a short distance from the train station and Sheffield Hallam University. It directly adjoins Sheffield Winter Garden, a large urban glasshouse with over 2,000 plants from around the world.
The gallery was opened in April 2001 as part of Sheffield’s ‘Heart of the City’ project, a £130 million major re-development of the city centre. Funded by the National Lottery, other parts of the city centre developed at this time include the Peace Gardens, Tudor Square and Millennium Square.
The gallery building was designed by architects Pringle Richards Sharratt, and is built in a striking modernist style, primarily constructed from concrete and glass. Managed by Museums Sheffield, the gallery consists of two permanent exhibitions (the Ruskin Collection and the Metalwork Collection), two spaces for temporary exhibitions, a space for corporate events and weddings, a café, and a gift shop.
The Ruskin Collection is a collection of materials first gathered by Victorian scholar John Ruskin and displayed in St. George’s Museum, Walkley, in 1875, before being relocated to the Millennium Gallery. Originally displayed to inspire the workers of Sheffield, the collection includes antique watercolours, drawings, prints, plaster casts, minerals, illustrated books, manuscripts and coins.
The Metalwork Collection is an exhibition of Sheffield-made cutlery, flatware and hollowware, and is likely the most extensive collection of such artefacts in existence, with over 13,000 objects on display. This collection has been awarded ‘Designated Collection’ status by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, indicating its importance to local heritage and culture.
The temporary exhibition spaces have held works from many famous artists on major touring exhibitions, in partnership with the Tate Galleries and Victoria & Albert Museum.
The gallery also hosts events for art, crafts and design, including a life drawing workshop and ‘craft club’ classes, following in the city’s spirit of construction and creativity.
Official website: https://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/museums/millennium-gallery/home