Special Collections online exhibitions and projects


2017: University of Sheffield Festival of Arts & Humanities Showcase Event

Stationary Stand smallAn event showcasing items from our collections to an audience beyond the University.


2016: Memories in the Digital Age: Project, Protect and Preserve

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‘Memories in the Digital Age’ was created for Festival of the Mind 2016.

The project was led by the University of Sheffield Library’s National Fairground Archive and Special Collections teams in collaboration with Sheffield artist Paul Carruthers. The project examined some of the new technologies and methods available to create and use information in the digital era.


2015-2016: The diary of Alphaeus Abbott Casey: “Preparing for war”

Casey photo smallAlphaeus Abbott Casey was a student of the University of Sheffield who joined the Sheffield City Battalion (12th Bn. York and Lancaster Regiment), which was formed in September 1914.

The diary covers January to March 1915, when the Sheffield City Battalion were being trained at Redmires, on the outskirts of Sheffield. Written in pencil, it details daily events, training routines, family visits and leisure activities.

Alphaeus Casey was killed in action on 1st July 1916 at the age of 21 at Serre (on the Somme), along with many other members of the Battalion.


2015: Adapting South Yorkshire

Hines scriptA SURE project using the Hines Papers by School of English student Jessica Keen.


2014: Projecting Victorians: the magic lantern rekindled

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Come in and find out about the Beet Lantern Slide Collection and why PowerPoint is not such a novel idea...

Curated by Kirsten Ehinger and Sam Longhurst, School of English.


2013-14: Robert William Innes Smith: GP and scholar

Innes SmithRobert William Innes Smith (1872-1933), originally from Edinburgh, worked as a GP in Sheffield. He was an avid collector of medical books and portraits, and was well known for his extensive knowledge of medical history and biography.

This exhibition shows a small selection from both the Innes Smith Collection and the Innes Smith Medical Portraits Collection, about eminent physicians... and poets, chemists, philanthropists and murderers!