New heritage trail links Heart to Man of Steel

Published Tuesday, 8th November 2016
Heart of Steel and Minster Gardens
Heart of Steel and Minster Gardens

Visitors to the new “Making the Man of Steel” exhibition at Clifton Park Museum can now take in some of Rotherham’s heritage thanks to a new trail.

The new trail begins at the Heart of Steel in Rotherham Town Centre, and takes walkers through the historic Minster Yard on nearby Church Street, then down Rotherham High Street, which includes the medieval Three Cranes Building (now Hamby’s Antiques).

Visitors then carry on up Doncaster Gate, passing Rotherham Civic Theatre, before passing into the grounds of Clifton Park, past the Cenotaph and up to the Museum, where the Man of Steel exhibition is currently being hosted.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Working and Cultural Services, Cllr Taiba Yasseen, said: “The Heritage Trail is the ideal way to start if you are planning on visiting the exhibition, starting at the Heart of Steel statue which is already a big favourite with Rotherham people.

“Although you can take part in the trail on your own, there are a number of organised guided walks taking place, with the first one starting on Tuesday 15 November.”

The walk takes approximately 20-25 minutes. To join in the guided walk, meet at the Heart of Steel at 11am on any of the dates below:

  • Wednesday 7 December
  • Tuesday 10 January
  • Wednesday 25 January
  • Tuesday 14 February
  • Wednesday 1 March
  • Tuesday 14 March
  • Wednesday 12 April
  • Tuesday 25 April

A series of Coal and Steel heritage talks is also taking place. Forthcoming talks are:

  • Tuesday 10 January 2017 - Hidden Lives of the Coal Trade, Mark Carlyle (National Coal Mining Museum)
  • Tuesday 7 March 2017 - What was it like in the Steel Works?, John Heaps (Magna)

Talks take place between 11 am and 12.30 pm. Please book in advance by contacting the Museum.

The “Making the Man of Steel” exhibition 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 opened on Thursday 20 October and runs until 21 May 2017.

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