Sheffield museums to unite next year
The two charities who manage museums and galleries in Sheffield are coming together to form the cities largest cultural organisation.
The Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust which runs the Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, Shepherd Wheel and the Kelham Island Museum will unite with Museums Sheffield which takes care of Graves Art Gallery, Millennium Gallery and Weston Park Museum on 1st April 2021.
This will be the first time that these organisations will be managed together for 25 years, however the two trusts have collaborated on projects together over the years.
This new partnership will give the iconic attractions more opportunities for much needed funding following the COVID-19 pandemic. The plans for the merger began before lockdown but have made sense since, helping to keep Sheffield’s history and art alive in these uncertain times.
Museums have been hit hard this year having to close their doors for over 3 months, missing out on entrance fees, donations and events that keep them going whilst it’s unlikely that they’ll be visited by school children in the near future and the lack of tourists in the city isn’t ideal either.