Leonardo da Vinci at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield

Study Day at Sheffield

Thirteen members left a cold and wet York Racecourse on Thursday, 7 March, and arrived on a cold, wet day at the Sheffield Millennium Gallery in time for a reviving coffee and welcome from our guide, Marcus Newton. He took us on a comprehensive tour of the City, which included the neo-Classical City Hall, built in the 1930s and still bearing the scars from bombs which fell nearby, and the 300-year-old Unitarian Upper Chapel.  We admired the Women of Steel statue which commemorates the women who worked  in the steel industries during both world wars, and learnt much about the history and architecture of the city.   We certainly earned our lunch.  We gathered in the afternoon to listen to a talk about the Leonardo da Vinci drawings from one of the Millennium Galleries staff, before visiting the galleries to see the drawings for ourselves.  It proved an amazing opportunity to see the drawings at close range and, indeed, staff offered magnifying sheets to allow visitors to see the detail even more clearly.  There is one drawing of horses that reminded more than one member of Thelwell’s ponies, while the drawings of flowing water kept others entranced.   The gallery was busy but there was enough space to allow us plenty of time to examine each picture without being hassled.

Thanks are due to Susan Elliott for a very worthwhile and varied Study Day.

Helen Byard