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2024 talks programme: 

They say that every object tells a story, and with the vast amount of objects and archives in the museum's collection that's a lot of stories waiting to be told. 2024 will see a new series of talks held here at the museum all free with your entry ticket! (Museum entry tickets are able to become year tickets for FREE allowing you access to the museum throughout the year including special events held during standard opening hours with AND entry into selected talks!


Join our team as we showcase objects from our collection, stories from our archives, recent research, talks tailored directly to our current exhibitions and stories of the truly inspirational people behind the uniform.


Attendance is strictly limited and must be booked online or at the museum prior to the event. Make the most of these talks by supporting the museum through use of our café as these talks will take place in our newly refurbished hay-loft in our café (please inform our team before booking if you have any special access requirements). 


15 December: 4pm-5pm

Talk: The Sheffield Blitz in six key objects

On 12 December 1940 the Blitz came to Sheffield. In this talk - hosted within the museum's Blitz exhibition - the story of the raids on Sheffield and the role the emergency services played is told through six original objects from our extensive collection. The talk will be led by members of the museum's collections team. 

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18 August: 4pm-5pm

Talk: The life of Scotland Yard detective Donald Swanson in six key objects

Donald Swanson is not a name that is well-known to modern audiences but he was once one of Victorian England's most famous detectives and led the investigation into Jack the Ripper. In this one hour talk members of the museum's collections team will introduce Swanson's life and work through six objects from the detective's personal archive, now in the care of the museum.

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20 October: 4pm-5pm 

Talk: Saving lives at sea: the story of HM Coastguard in six key objects

This talk reveals the often hidden history of HM Coastguard - the oldest of the major emergency services. It charts the beginnings of the service as an anti-smuggling force in the early 19th century through to its role attending shipwrecks and safeguarding vessels. This amazing story is told through six original objects from the historic collection of HM Coastguard.

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