The Friends of Sheffield Castle are a voluntary group who aim to protect and promote the archaeological site of Sheffield Castle for the benefit of the people of Sheffield and surrounding areas, and for future generations.
We will acquire and disseminate information about Sheffield Castle, at both local and national levels and work with local, regional and national organisations to protect and promote the remains as a source of enjoyment, education and inspiration for All.
The 6th Annual General Meeting of FoSC will be held at 1830 hrs on Tuesday 23rd April at the Royal Victoria Hotel, Victoria Station Road, Sheffield, S4 7YE
We invite you and your guests to our 6th Annual General Meeting and we are hoping for a really good turnout. We will be holding a short ideas workshop to gather ideas for the future possible uses of the castle site – this is YOUR OPPORTUNITY to give us your thoughts and ideas, as we start to build a vision for the site. Please do come and contribute. There will also be a short presentation on the history of the site including the results of the 2018 excavations.
The AGM is also an opportunity to renew your Annual Membership if still outstanding, so if you are attending please visit the membership table where we can check your current status. Renewals were due in January.
We will present the Reports of the Officers and vote for Committee Members. All Committee Members stand down annually but are eligible for re-election. All Members of FoSC are also eligible to stand for committee. If you wish to stand for election, please send in your nomination by 15th April to the Acting Secretary (Anna Badcock) with a short statement (100 words or less) outlining why you are standing and what you can bring to the committee. Only fully paid-up Members may vote at the meeting.
The current Committee Members are: Martin Gorman (Chair); Holly Smith (Secretary); Glynis Jones (Treasurer); John Baker (Membership Secretary); Ron Clayton; Nick Robinson; John Moreland; Clive Waddington; Anna Badcock (Acting Secretary); Hermann Beck; David Clarke; Leigh Bramall.
We look forward to seeing you on 23rd April.
Tea & coffee available before the meeting starts
1. Open Meeting and Welcome
2. Attendees and Apologies for Absence
3. Minutes of last AGM & Matters Arising
4. Officers’ Reports and any questions from the floor
5. Election of Committee
6. Any Other Business
7. ‘A history of the castle in 15 minutes!’ Professor John Moreland, University of Sheffield
8. Ideas Workshop – an opportunity to contribute YOUR ideas for the future of the site
9. Close of Meeting by 2100 hrs latest
The bar will also be open before/after the meeting. There will be free parking at the hotel for this evening.
This will be held on Saturday 19 January 2019 from 10-5 and Sunday 11- 4. Entry is free, with donations welcome. Just turn up to the Millennium Gallery
Here are the groups who will be represented
Bishops House / Bradfield LHS / Chapeltown & High Green Archive – Saturday only / Crookes Community Forum / Friends of Sheffield Castle / Friends of Old Town Hall / Friends of Parkwood Springs / Friends of Portland Works / Friends of Rotherham COB / Friends of Sheffield Manor Lodge / Friends of the Peak District / Friends of Wardsend Cemetery / Friends of Wincobank Hill / Friends of Zion Chapel / Grenoside Sword Dancers / Hallamshire Historic Buildings Society / Handsworth HS / Handsworth Sword dancers / Heritage Open days / Hillsborough & Owlerton HS / Historical Association-Sheffield / Hunter Archaeological Society / Joined Up Heritage / Mick Rick-Local Artist / Mosborough HG / Museums Sheffield / Nether Edge HG / Sheffield Authors / Sheffield City Archives and Local Studies Library-Saturday only / Sheffield FHS-Saturday only / Sheffield Flood group / Sheffield Home of Football / Sheffield Lakeland / Shirebrook Valley Heritage G. / South Yorkshire Industrial History Society / Stannington LHS / Sudrjorvik-Saturday only / The Star-Sunday only / Time Travellers / Walkley Historians
A reminder that it is just a couple of weeks to the Heritage Fair on Saturday 19th Jan 10am to 5pm and Sunday 20th 11am to 4pm. This will be held at the Millennium Gallery, is free to enter and the Friends will have a stand alongside many of the other heritage groups in the area. Please come and visit us, there is plenty to see and do!!
The proposed event for members on the future plans for the Castle site on Feb 6th has been postponed until either March or April to allow time for planning and the final results of the excavations to be made available. We will let you know as soon as we have a new date.
As 2018 comes to an end I would draw the attention of Friends of Sheffield Castle members to a wide ranging exhibition on the ground floor of Sheffield’s Central Library that draws upon Sheffield and its role in the various conflicts that the city and its region have found itself involved in over the hundreds of years of its history.
It’s a wide ranging vista from the days when the Sheffield area was a border zone between different Celtic tribes and the advancing Roman legions to when Northumbria submitted to the overlordship of Wessex as England took shape. The years when the Norman held sway over a defeated Saxon race through the internecine conflicts of the Industrial Revolution and associated political unrest right through to the two World Wars which shaped the modern world and the modern city.
Of particular interest is the rise of our lost medieval castle and the penultimate event in its history when it surrendered to Parliament after a brief siege in August 1644 together with images of the survivors and reminders of that era, Manor Lodge, Bishops House, The Old Queens Head and the soon to be transformed into a Starbucks coffee shop(!) Carbrook Hall. On the date of my visit no one could advise me when the exhibition was due to close but let’s hope its got a lengthy shelf life as our city regenerates itself yet again.
David Clarke found a sketch plan of Sheffield Castle, supposedly dated around 1700, in a little book by Thomas Winder, “T’Heft an’ Blades o’Sheffield: Dialect stories and Antiquarian papers”, published in
Sheffield 1907. We wonder what data the plan was based on?