‘Secret museum’ future decision

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THE future of Sheffield’s ‘secret museum’ is to be determined following a survey of the building.

Owned by the University of Sheffield, the Traditional Heritage Museum in Ecclesall Road, near Hunters Bar, has been open to the public since 1985.

It is currently closed “due to health and safety reasons,” said a university spokesperson.

“The University of Sheffield will be undertaking a full assessment of the property in due course.”

Run by volunteers in a former Sunday School, the museum is part of the university’s National Centre for English Cultural Tradition.

It houses artefacts reflecting life and work between 1850 and 1950, including representations of a chemist’s, optician’s, grocer’s and pawnbroker’s shops.

Relatively unknown alongside Sheffield’s bigger museums, it has proved popular with school groups, trade organisations and local historians and has depended on the support of visitors, sponsors and the public.