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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Made in Sheffield

Made in Sheffield was an exhibition at the Millennium Gallery in 2016–2017, celebrating the excellence and innovation of Sheffield makers. The four films below were created specially for this exhibition, and shine a spotlight on Sheffield companies creating products ranging from menswear to sweets, crisps and bikes.

As part of the Year of Making, filmmaker Shaun Bloodworth was asked to produce two of the films below (Mamnick and Field Cycles). Sadly, during the commission Shaun became unwell; his condition worsened throughout the year to the point where he was unable to continue work. On Thursday 15 September Shaun passed away. While Shaun was in hospital he asked his friend and collaborator, Museums Sheffield’s Digital Producer Alan Silvester, to complete the films he started. These two films have been created from the scribbled storyboards and notes Shaun wrote in hospital.

Mamnick
Named after the road that leaves Hope Valley and goes out into the Peak District, Mamnick make a range of clothing and accessories inspired by the landscape on their door-step.

Yorkshire Crisps
Yorkshire Crisps was founded in 2005. The small dedicated team creates a range of handcooked crisps and popcorn using the finest local ingredients, with potatoes grown by local farmers on the chalky soils of the Yorkshire Wolds.

Field Cycles
Field Cycles is a collaboration between friends from various craft, design and engineering backgrounds. The group’s unique skill set combines in a shared passion that treats the fabrication of a bicycle as an exploration of craft, aesthetics and function.

Simpkins
Simpkins was founded in 1921 after Albert Leslie Simpkin returned from the First World War. They began making glucose sweets using natural flavours and colours and quickly became famous for their sweets in travel tins. Today they still use traditional methods and recipes in small batches without artificial colours or flavours.

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Matt Haig and Susan Calman in conversation

Author Matt Haig and comedian Susan Calman reflect on the ways the arts give us ‘reasons to stay alive’ – drawing from songs, books, theatre and comedy, celebrating art that has kept people going in their darkest hours. Hosted by Sheffield Theatres.

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A performance from a quartet led by saxophonist, composer and educator Dave O'Higgins. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz in autumn 2017.

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