Recording Britain

This summer the Millennium Gallery hosts a remarkable collection of work depicting the changing face of Britain during the Second World War. On tour to Sheffield from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Recording Britain represents a remarkable visual record of lives and landscapes under threat, featuring paintings by prolific artists such as John Piper and Kenneth Rowntree, alongside work by contemporary artists including Richard Long, David Nash and Laura Oldfield Ford.

Recording Britain was intended to boost national morale by celebrating the country’s natural beauty and architectural heritage, but it was also a memorial to the war effort itself. The earliest pictures show the landscapes of southern England which were under immediate threat from bomb damage and invasion; in due course the remit was expanded to include those landscapes, buildings and ways of life that were vulnerable to the destructive forces of ‘progress’ – urban expansion, housing developments, road-building and so on. As well as many scenes of traditional country life, it also shows rural industries in decline – redundant tin mines in Cornwall, slate quarrying in Wales, dilapidated windmills.

Open Every Day
Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 11am-4pm
Bank Holidays 11am-4pm


Venue Info

Millennium Gallery
Arundel Gate
S1 2PP

Due to its city centre location, there is no dedicated car parking at the Millennium Gallery. The closest is the NCP car park at the Crucible Theatre. Visitors using the Q Park car park on Charles Street are able to claim 50% off the price of their ticket thanks to a special deal we have with Q Park. Please ask our front of house staff for a discount voucher at the Millennium Gallery.

Limited disabled parking spaces are available for blue badge holders in Surrey Street, approximately 25 metres from the Cadman Lane entrance to the Gallery.

Wheelchair access
The Millennium Gallery is fully wheelchair accessible from the Winter Garden or Cadman Lane entrances, and from the Arundel Gate entrance, using the elevator to reach the upper floor.

Toilets/baby change
Toilets (including disabled access) and baby change facilities are located on the lower floor of the Gallery.

Museums Sheffield presents the very best in art, design and craft – our partnerships with some of the country’s leading museums and galleries, including the National Portrait Gallery, Tate and the V&A, have enabled us to bring work from some of the UK’s most important collections to the region. In caring for and showcasing the city’s collections, we work closely with the local community to tell the story of the people of Sheffield and explore the city’s cultural identity and heritage

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0114 278 2600

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