The new ‘Millowners Arms’ gallery at Kelham Island Museum has now thrown open its doors to visitors. It was officially opened in October 2013 by HRH The Duke of Gloucester.

The gallery tells the story of Sheffield’s great brewing industry with the displays laid out in the style of a pub. Great care has been taken over the detail, right down to the dart board which is traditionally Yorkshire with no ‘trebles’. The displays explore the growth of the brewing industry and the rise of the pub, as well as associated skills such as coopering and beer making.

The design brief for the gallery included the interpretive panels, which were placed within frames to maintain the pub ambience, the ‘pub sign’ and window graphics, and even a label design for the bottled Millowners Ale, a special brew issued to mark the opening of the gallery. .

The Millowners Arms will be used for special events, including the many hugely popular weddings which take place at the museum.

Client: Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust. Funded by The River Don Millowners Association.

With DBA Consulting


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