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The Little Herd has arrived!

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Have your heard? Eleven spectacular elephants have arrived at Sheffield Industrial Museums!

This summer, the Herd of Sheffield elephant sculptures descend on Sheffield for the biggest public art event the city has ever seen.

The Little Herd are smaller elephant calves designed by local school children and teachers which are displayed in herds across the city. Sponsored by Blundells, the Little Herd has seen 72 schools taking part for a unique opportunity to showcase the creativity discovered in the classroom every day.

Eleven Little Herd elephants, brilliantly decorated by schools, can be seen free of charge at our venues:

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet has six elephants from the following schools:

Elvis - Abbey Lane Primary School

Elmer the Elephant - Chantreyland Children’s Nursery Ltd

Queenie the Elephant - Dobcroft Infant School

The Whole of our Lives - Meadowhead School Academy Trust

Mossie - Mossbrook School

Empress - Norton Free C of E Primary School

The elephants are located in the Learning Centre.

Kelham Island Museum has five elephants from the following schools:

Build, Belong, Believe! - Mansel Primary School

Steel-Punk Cecil - Stocksbridge High School

Peanut - Thrybergh Academy

Honey Bunny - Woolley Wood School

Lizzie - Yewlands Academy

The elephants are located in the admissions area.

Why we’re all about elephants!

Sheffield industry shares its unique history with elephants.

‘Tommy Ward’s elephant’ Lizzie was an elephant in a travelling circus that spent the winters in Sheffield. When the First World War broke and all the work horses had to be sent to help with the fighting, Lizzie was hired by Thomas Ward, scrap metal merchant to carry and haul goods around the city.  Lizzie has legendary status as ‘the elephant that helped Britain’ with many stories and popular sayings surrounding her.

School sessions at Kelham Island Museum include ‘Lizzie and Alfonso’ (Alfonso being Richard Sedgwick her trainer and a performer who accompanied her from the circus, Sedgwick’s Menageries) and museum displays highlight the unusual animals such as elephants and camels that helped out during the war effort.  

Lizzie’s ‘War Work’ story also links to our current First World War and centenary project Sheffield 1916: Steel, Steam and Power.

‘Tyzack’ the trademark elephant can be seen at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet along with the Abbeydale ‘Mouse’ engaging audiences with key messages about the history of the hamlet.

The Tyzack’s were the longest serving tenants of the hamlet or ‘Abbeydale Works’ from 1848-1933 and managed the site then used for agricultural tool-making. They already had four well established working sites in the city where the Tyzack name is still known today. The Tyzack trademark is an elephant that carries the motto ‘non pareil’ or ‘un-paralleled’ which suggests their products to be strong and long-lasting.

Tyzack the ‘elephant’ and ‘mouse’ also feature in our school sessions and in the Works Gallery children can even dress up as Tyzack the elephant!

Come along and join in the fun with Little Herd colouring sheets and quizzes and more! 

Pick up a Lizzie’s trail sheet at Kelham Island Museum or follow Tyzack the elephant’s conversation with mouse on our Abbeydale Explorer App as you explore Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet. The Story of Lizzie and Alfonso her trainer is also available for a small donation.  

Look out for more elephant related fun during our summer school holiday activity programme.

It is free to view the Little Herd elephants and visit our cafes at both venues. If you would like to explore the rest of the museum, normal museum admission applies.

For school visits, please contact us in advance on 0114 201 0613.

The elephants will be on display until Thursday 6 October 2016.

The Herd of Sheffield

This exciting Wild in Art event is brought to you by The Children’s Hospital Charity.

From 11 July, there will be downloadable trail maps and a Herd of Sheffield app encouraging people to get together, explore their town on foot and enjoy sculpture spotting!

Find out more about the Herd of Sheffield and the Little Herd

Posted in Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet | Community | Family | Learning | School Holiday Activities | Sheffield 1916: Steel, Steam & Power | Kelham Island Museum


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