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

It may surprise some to hear that the world’s largest emergency services museum is located right here in Sheffield, a stone's throw from the city centre. And it’s an attraction of local and national importance – with an independent identity and a charm all of its own.

During lockdown, the team at the National Emergency Services Museum have put together an ever-expanding range of themed free activities and crafts for you to try out at home. There's all kinds of activities for different ages – ​make your own 3D ambulance, lifeboat or police van, do a word search, colour in everyday heroes or the NESM mascot Rocko, and lots more.​

Head to the NESM website to download home activities

If you can, please donate to the NESM's crowdfunder – "NESM is a self-funded, independent charity which receives no funding through Government, Council or the Emergency Services. Please help us to survive and thrive. Don’t let the museum that is dedicated to our everyday heroes vanish."

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A striking, distinctive and genuinely awe-inspiring modern building, perched on a hill overlooking Sheffield. Also seen in This is England '86.

Renishaw Hall

Home to the Sitwell family for almost 400 years, this country house harbours a fascinating history of fluctuating fortunes and eccentric characters, including the literary trio of Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell, as well as delightful gardens.

Life Drawing

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Join Broomhall Life Drawing for relaxed community drawing sessions in Hillsborough Park.

Abbeydale Picture House

An enchanted princess of a building, the beguiling 1920s Abbeydale Picture House is at last mid-rescue.