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

Many weird and wonderful stories can be found from old Cabinets of Curiosities. Here you will find out how easy it is to create your own.

Step by Step Guide

It is amazingly easy, first you need to collect a few items from around your home. These can be things you find interesting or everyday items that you do not even notice exist most of the time. Please make sure to ask permission from the owner of these items before you display them in your cabinet! You might even want to get artistic and create an object from scratch. You only need between 5 and 10 objects to start your display, as you can add to it later.

Next, every object needs a history – a story, either true or invented. A great way to get started is to think of a real story about one of your objects, perhaps how you came across it or something that has happened to the object. You can choose to keep the ‘real’ story or perhaps using your imagination you can change it a little bit or get really creative and change it completely! One by one create a story for each object. If you get stuck you can use our step by step guide to creating stories for objects.

Now you need to create a plaque or a sign for each object. This will be a short, written or typed, piece of information that can include the name of the object, where it is from, when you got it and a few sentences about the object.

You can get creative with this too and decide how you want your plaque to look. We like the old authentic look, there are lots of tutorials on the internet on ways to age paper – just make sure you ask an adult for help if required.

Finally arrange your objects, with their descriptions, however you like – it is your cabinet of curiosities after all.

Now you can admire your work, take family on a guided tour, create a guided video tour, or share photographs of your cabinet.

For the full adventure visit Create Sheffield.

Sheffield Adventures are a range of activities that encourage young people to participate in arts and culture, and be inspired by their creative home city. Check out some more adventures here.

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