The Roman General Julius Agricola founded ‘Mamucium’ in 79AD; the name means ‘breast shaped hill’, as this was what Agricola discovered in Castlefield, where the original settlement was based. Now, the fort that was built here – protected by the Rivers Irwell and Medlock – only survives in ruins, and the amphitheatre is a modern one, built to host occasional outdoor gigs. Canals are a key feature in the area; Castlefield was the terminus of the Bridgewater Canal, the world’s first industrial canal, the success of which inspired ‘canal mania’ in Britain. The real draw in the area, however, is ambitious cultural complex HOME (with its innovative cross-arts programming), the Museum of Science and Industry (housed in the magnificent buildings of the world’s first passenger railway), the small but influential Castlefield Gallery and the restaurants and bars that face out onto the canals.
Once a hub of industrial activity, Castlefield is now one of the city’s most tranquil spots. That’s thanks, in part, to its designation in 1982 as the UK’s first Urban Heritage Park, which safeguarded canals and cobbles and created a largely traffic-free haven. Its moored-up, flower-decked canal boats are evidence of the slower pace of life here.
A once-in-a-lifetime look at one of the largest collections of robots together. A mind-bending, 500 year journey to being human in a robotic world.
‘Outsider’ artist Peter Hodgson receives his first gallery retrospective with a show that speaks to a society in search of more ‘holistic’ ways of living and sustainable routes forward.
Drawing together the work and experiences of two exciting female artists, this two person exhibition responds to the individual, collective and historic struggles experienced by women.
A special In Conversation event at the Museum of Science and Industry will take the robot debate one step further, discussing the rapid development of robots in recent history and whether they could one day threaten the survival of the human race.
Meet some of the University of Sheffield’s friendliest robots —play with cute companion MiRo bots, learn how to do some simple coding on a Pi-Top and have a go at programming a Nao, the tiny humanoid droid that can walk, talk and dance.
A provocative piece of contemporary theatre which looks back at one of the key landmarks in British democracy. Directed by Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit of Sh!T Theatre.
Enjoy a guided tour of Ruth Barker & Hannah Leighton-Boyce’s latest exhibition at Castlefield Gallery, followed by a discussion of its themes over tea and cake.
A unique performance by artist Ruth Barker in response to voicelessness, traumatic childbirth, and the rapidly changing, brutal politics of the present. Coinciding with the preview of Castlefield Gallery’s latest exhibition: Head to Head.