Engagement and Exhibtions

We offer an exciting programme of collection led exhibitions, talks and events at Western Bank Library and other venues.
All our exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

An image of visitors looking at display cases of a Library exhibition.


The Special Collections, Heritage, and Archives Team work with our academics and communities to create a dynamic, accessible and engaging exhibition programme to showcase our unique and fascinating collections.


Link to The Wonderful Mr Willughby’s New Natural History exhibition page pdf and 


Current Exhibition

We apologise that due to Covid19 restrictions our exhibition gallery is not currently open to visitors.

Please check back for updates on future exhibitions



The Library’s Special Collections, Heritage, and Archives Team works with a diverse range of academics, creatives and communities on many different projects and events throughout the area. This can range from producing academic talks to collection-inspired events with local mental health charities. We are on Facebook and Twitter. We also produce blog articles and publish a regular newsletter for our subscribers.




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One Hundred Views of the Arts Tower

One Hundred Views of the Arts Tower was a collaboration between Sheffield design company Our Favourite Places, Special Collections, and the University Archive. It brought together one hundred separate artworks: photographs; embroidered art works; paintings; ceramics; oral histories; films and sculptures, shared through an open call for contributions from any citizen of Sheffield for whom the iconic Arts Tower has, or had, special significance in their lives. The exhibition included historical photographs from the University of Sheffield Archive of the Arts Tower going through the stages of design and construction


Mirrors and Ribbons: reflection on female form in the Circus

Part of the University of Sheffield’s Festival of the Mind Festival this project was a collaboration between a PhD Psychology student, a Sheffield based circus theatre performer and the National Fairground and Circus Archive. The narrative led performance examined attitudes towards female body image and used psychology research to share new approaches to body positivity through self-compassion and gratitude. The project culminated with a live performance in Sheffield Cathedral.