history museums in South Yorkshire
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South Yorkshire Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in South Yorkshire...

Museums long ago ceased to be stuffy rooms full of glass cases containing bits of old pottery and fossilised bones. Today even most conventional museums include changing displays but over recent years there has been a growth in industrial and "living" museums. Here you can learn about local heritage, get a feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they endured...

Galleries listed include not just civic galleries displaying publicly owned artworks, but also privately owned galleries with items for sale.

South Yorkshire Museums and Galleries

blank tabCUSWORTH HALL MUSEUM AND PARKMuseums & Galleries
Cusworth Hall, Cusworth Lane, Doncaster, DN5 7TU

Georgian mansion set in 50 acres of parkland, housing collections illustrating everyday life in South Yorkshire over the last 250 years. Admission free.
Tel: 01302 782342
E-mail: museum@doncaster.gov.uk
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Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

Abbeydale Road South, Sheffield, S7 2QW
Tel: 0114 2367731    Fax: 0114 2353196
E-mail: postmaster@simt.co.uk

A unique eighteenth century industrial works, once one of the largest water-powered sites on the River Sheaf. Attractions include waterwheels, tilt hammers, a grinding hull and the only intact crucible steel furnace in the world. A Grade 1 Listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

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Dakota Way, Airborne Road, Doncaster Leisure Park, Doncaster, DN4 7FB
Tel: 01302 761616     E-mail: webmaster@aeroventure.org.uk

South Yorkshire's aircraft museum, located at the former site of RAF Doncaster. Attractions include a Commercial Light Aircraft Collection, Royal Observer Corps Exhibition, Piston Engine Collection including Rolls Royce Merlin and Griffon, Jet Engine Collection including DeHavilland Ghost, Rolls Royce Avon and Conway, and the Sheffield Blitz Exhibition.

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Cooper Gallery

Church Street, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 2AH
Tel: 01226 242905     E-mail: coopergallery@barnsley.gov.uk

Artwork and crafts by local craftspeople and designers, plus a range of books, materials etc available to buy.

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Elsecar Heritage Centre

Wath Road, Elsecar, S74 8HJ
Tel: 01226 740203    Fax: 01226 350239
E-mail: elsecarheritagecentre@barnsley.gov.uk

An Antique, History and Craft Centre located within the former ironworks and colliery workshops of the Earl Fitzwilliam.

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Kelham Island Museum

Alma Street, (off Corporation Street), Sheffield, S3 8RY
Tel: 0114 2722106    Fax: 0114 2757847
E-mail: postmaster@simt.co.uk

Objects, pictures and archive material representing Sheffield's industrial story. The museum is located on a man-made island over 900 years old.

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Millennium Galleries

Arundel Gate, Sheffield, S1 2PP
Tel:  0114 278 2600

Four individual galleries under one roof, located within the centre of Sheffield, collects treasures from the past, masterpieces from Britain's national collections and new creations by artists working today.

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Site Gallery

1 Brown Street, Sheffield, S1 2BS
Tel: 0114 281 2077     E-mail: info@sitegallery.org

Entry Free. Open Wednesday-Saturday 11am-5.30pm. Disabled access. Café. Site Gallery is an international centre for contemporary art, offering a changing exhibitions programme backed up with regular publications and a comprehensive calendar of conferences, artists talks and events. Our policy is to present innovative, challenging and creative work addressing contemporary debates and issues within a national and international context. We offer a site for engagement between the artist and the public and a national focus for critical debate surrounding the creative use of the still and moving image.

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Shepherd Wheel

C/O Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, Abbeydale Road South, Sheffield, S7 2QW
Tel: 0114 2367731    Fax: 0114 2353196
E-mail: postmaster@simt.co.uk

A water powered grinding workshop located on the River Porter, the earliest industrial building on this stretch of water, dating back to the sixteenth century.

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Sheffield Bus Museum

Tinsley Tram Sheds, Sheffield Road, Tinsley, Sheffield, S9 2FY
E-mail: webmaster@sheffieldbusmuseum.com

Home to 20 vehicles, mainly of local origin, demonstrating Sheffield's intriguing transport history.

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Wortley Top Forge Industrial Museum

Forge Lane, Thurgoland, South Yorkshire, S35 7DN
Tel: 0114 2887576

A Water Powered Iron Forge dating back to 1640, exhibits include the original water wheels and water powered drop hammers, housed within the original Forge building.

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