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Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

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Arundel Gate, Sheffield
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S1 2PP
Opened in 2001 as a part of Sheffield's Heart of the City project, The Millennium Galleries is a gallery, shop and cafe accessible from Arundel Gate or the Millennium Gardens complex.

Taking on the collection of Victorian writer John Ruskin (moved form the nearby former Ruskin Gallery site in Tudor Square and before that in suburb of Walkley) as a permanent feature, Millennium Galleries also has a number of other exhibitions throughout the year.

Visitors to the Ruskin Collection will see a broad range of exhibits, including early renaissance art, gothic architecture, engravings, mosaic decoration, illustrations of birds, flowers, insects, geological specimens, illustrated books and medieval manuscripts.

During Ruskin's lifetime, England’s manufacturing cities expanded and became wealthy, whilst their workforces lived in poverty and grime. Workers had little to inspire them. Ruskin wanted to counter this imbalance and set up the Guild of St George, a philanthropic society.

Through the Guild, Ruskin founded a museum specifically for Sheffield’s workers. He filled it with a collection of artworks, illustrated books and minerals, all chosen to reflect his exploration of beauty.

Items on display from the Ruskin Collection are changed twice each year. Explore the collection through the changing displays, and find out if you share Ruskin’s thoughts on beauty.

Millennium Gallery has a motto of "Heart, Craft & Design in the Heart of Sheffield" that encompasses all exhibits.

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