In June 1940, Mappin Art Gallery was bombed during the notorious Sheffield Blitz. With much of the collection damaged or destroyed, the gallery’s surviving treasures were crated up, taken to a Derbyshire Dales village and stored in a farmer’s barn until the war ended.
Crate 39 is a multi-sensory installation that asks what might have happened had one of those crates gone missing. How was it lost? Who found it? What happened to its priceless contents? And why has it suddenly turned up after 75 years?
You can see the display until Sunday 19 April and if you would like to talk to Richard and Amanda Johnson of Kidology Arts, who created it, they will be our artists-in-residence on Saturday 7 March, 2-4 pm and Saturday 11 April, 2-4 pm. They will be running a workshop for families where the challenge is to make a musical instrument or a piece of art from the contents of some crates from 1939 on the same days, 11am-12pm.
Back by popular demand is our Buxton Before the War exhibition. So many people have come in to see the old photographs that we decided to give it a new lease of life on the first floor landing. There is no end date as yet.
You may also want to consider coming to see The Wonders of the Peak before it gets replaced by a brand new all-dancing, all-singing version following our good news. You will then be in a position to compare the old with the new.