Chance to find out more about “Man of Steel”

Published Friday, 28th October 2016
Man of Steel
Man of Steel

Find out more about the iconic “Yorkshire Man of Steel” project at a new exhibition being hosted at Rotherham’s Clifton Park Museum.

“Making the Man of Steel” explores the inspiration and innovation behind the Yorkshire Man of Steel project, its link to Rotherham’s steel and coal heritage and the new technologies that will play a part in the creation of this exciting sculpture.

The exhibition, which opened on Thursday 20 October and runs until 21 May 2017, is the result of a successful collaboration between Rotherham Council’s Heritage Services and the Yorkshire Man of Steel Project.

Cllr Taiba Yasseen, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Working and Cultural Services, said: "The objects within the exhibition focus around both historic and current innovation in Rotherham, exploring the region’s coal and steel heritage as well as new technology.

"The themes of the past, present and future are represented in the exhibition’s exploration of our industrial traditions, and you can find out what inspired the Yorkshire Man of Steel. With its links to Rotherham’s industrial heritage, Clifton Park Museum is the perfect setting for this new exhibition."

The Museum’s collections team sourced and put together the ‘past’ side to the exhibition and the Man of Steel project sourced and put together the ‘present’ and ‘future’ objects and labels.

The Man of Steel objects include:

  • Three models (maquettes) of the Man of Steel: the original maquette made of tape, a 3D printed version and a bronze cast version
  • A 3D printed and a titanium model of the Heart of Steel
  • Numerous items from the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing, including a miniature cannon, a chess piece and other items which are examples of different types of new production and items from other companies that the MOS project are working with

Exhibits representing Rotherham’s industrial past include:

  • A steel worker’s uniform: clogs, billy can, leather apron and sweat towel
  • A miner’s uniform: helmet, head torch, water bottle and “self rescuer”
  • A model of an electric arc furnace, loaned by the Magna Science Adventure Centre

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