Following five months of closure, Clifton Park Museum in Rotherham reopens today, on what would have been the start of the Rotherham Show.
New additions include The Museum, The Mansion & The Mine – an exhibition that looks at the stories of: Clifton Park Museum, the historical home of Rotherham’s foremost industrialist Joshua Walker, and Wentworth Woodhouse, the stately home of the Earl Fitzwilliam and the mines and ironworks at Elsecar Heritage Centre that made their fortune.
Also new, and inspired by Mark Wallinger’s Ghost, which is on loan from the Kirkland Collection, and the shadows of the past, Yorkshire-based artist Rob Young has created a new work of art “Shadow Horses.”
An impressive 8 foot by 12 foot Leonard the Lion mural can also now be found outside the Garden Building, close to the museum.
“Demonstration of Thanks” workshops, taking place throughout the day, are part of a wider Rotherham Together programme that will provide everything from cultural events and installations such as talks, performances and screenings, some virtual, some in person, to a series of toolkits and guides to help us figure out our new normal together.
Join Rotherham artist and designer Vicky Hilton at her drop-in workshop to create your own demonstration of thanks placard before taking to the streets and marching your creation into the Town Centre and adding it to an outdoor monument of gratitude which will take shape at All Saints Square on Saturday.
Close to the museum, another new addition as part of the Rotherham Together programme is a Wildflower Park – a giant 180m land art maze by Landmark Collective at Clifton Park.
The programme focuses on three areas; joy, gratitude and hope and has been developed with a broad range of partners from across the borough including: Grimm and Co, Rotherham Ethnic Minority Alliance, Rotherham NHS Trust, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, Voluntary Action Rotherham and Wentworth Woodhouse.
Cllr Sarah Allen, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Cleaner, Greener Communities. said: “People across the borough have been through testing times over the past few months and the Rotherham Together programme is a great way to bring people together in a safe way as we continue to battle coronavirus across the borough.
“COVID-19 has had a significant impact on this year’s events programme with many events cancelled or postponed to future years, most notably Rotherham Show.
“It’s been an unprecedented and extraordinary time with challenges for all of us and we hope that the programme of events planned can bring some much needed joy to people, as well as thanking those key workers that have been working so hard throughout the pandemic and helping us collectively look, with hope, to the future.”