Product design exhibition Made in Sheffield will showcase region’s talent

The exhibition is curated by Museums Sheffield and will feature innovations such as the world’s fastest gravity-powered sled and 3D-printed prosthetic limbs.

Exhibition curator Louisa Briggs with the Made in Sheffield tool explosion. Photo © Andy Brown
Exhibition curator Louisa Briggs with the Made in Sheffield tool explosion. Photo © Andy Brown

Exhibition Made in Sheffield has opened at the city’s Millennium Gallery to showcase Sheffield’s design talent.

Curated by Museums Sheffield, the exhibition celebrates over 150 Sheffield-born companies through a range of inventive and visually striking displays.

The main aim of the exhibition, according to Kirstie Hamilton, head of exhibitions and displays at Museums Sheffield, is to “showcase the region’s most creative design talent, working at the forefront of manufacturing, engineering and technological industries.

“The displays cover a range of specialisms from global aeronautical engineering and world-class advanced manufacturing to ground-breaking digital industries and artisan makers who are masters of their craft.”

Some of the must-see exhibits on show are the world’s fastest sled used by English motorcycle racer Guy Martin to break the world speed record for the fastest gravity powered sled, a GEM engine made by Rolls Royce used in Boeing aircrafts, 3D printed medical prosthetics and a skeletal hand made from ReproBone; an implantable synthetic bone graft which acts as a scaffold to support and promote bone repair before it eventually dissolves in the body.

“Over the next six months, we’re turning the Millennium Gallery into a 21st century ‘Crystal Palace’ to celebrate the incredible achievements of makers and manufacturers in the region,” says Kim Streets, chief executive at Museums Sheffield.

“Made in Sheffield will shine a spotlight on the diverse ideas, developments, products and progress that see makers and businesses in the city at the top of their field.”

The Made in Sheffield exhibition forms part of The Year of Making – a city-wide initiative celebrating Sheffield’s international reputation – and is running between 6 July 2016 and 8 January 2017. Entry is free.

World's fastest sled made by Centre for Sports Engineering Research, Sheffield Hallam University
World’s fastest sled made by Centre for Sports Engineering Research, Sheffield Hallam University
Gem Aero Rolls Royce Engine used in Boeing aircraft
Gem Aero Rolls Royce Engine used in Boeing aircraft
Medical prosthetics -breast, eye, ear, nose by Fripp Design & Research. Photo © Museums Sheffield
Medical prosthetics -breast, eye, ear, nose by Fripp Design & Research

All photos © Museums Sheffield

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