Exhibition Gallery

Come and see the restored Western Bank Library Exhibition Gallery! Thanks to a generous grant from the Wolfson Foundation, a major bequest from a former graduate and many smaller donations to the University's Alumni Foundation, this attractive space has been restored to the condition it was in when the Grade II listed building opened in 1959, and upgraded with 21st century systems.


Western Bank Library
Exhibition Gallery
Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN

Opening times:

Monday to Thursday from 9am to 7pm
Friday 10am to 7pm
Saturday/Sunday 12pm until 6pm (excluding holidays)

Library services for visitors Access for visitors with mobility difficulties
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Coming soon...

Looking Beyond: Different Perspectives in Travelling Entertainment Photography

17 February - 24 April 2020

The exhibition has been inspired by some of our most beautiful and significant photographic collections. It highlights the photographic work of professional photographers Bob Chase, Dick Scott-Stewart and John Anderson as they seek to provide an insight into the unfamiliar world of fairground families, circus performers and tattoo conventions.

Looking Beyond also shows photographs from Professor Brendan Walker’s scientific research on the experience of thrill on fairground and theme park rides.

The exhibition looks at the popular entertainment sector though the power of portraiture and introduces a brief history on the use of photographs and new technologies in the early fairground. It also showcases some of our earliest photographic and moving picture material from the George Williams and the Birt Acres collections.