Welcome

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.

Codnor Castle

Monday November 3rd  7.30
Quaker Meeting House, St James Street, near the Cathedral.

Codnor Castle, strategically placed between Sheffield and Nottingham Castles, is a medieval stronghold you may not have heard of until now. Codnor has much in common with Sheffield Castle – originally probably starting off as a Motte and Bailey and in the C12th transformed into an inner and outer bailey with curtain walls and round towers.

Come along and hear Maureen Taylor talk to the Hallamshire Historic Buildings Society about a little known castle still officially a ‘building at risk’.

Admission £3
http://www.codnorcastle.co.uk/

 

HLF bid fails

artists impressionYou may have seen in the Sheffield Telegraph and The Star this week, that the Council has been unsuccessful in its bid for funding through the Heritage Lottery Fund, first round. Obviously we are disappointed with this news but the Council remain determined to see the project through to successful conclusion.

We are still awaiting full feedback from HLF but in the meantime, further funding proposals have already been drawn up which would enable the project to be completed, should the funding be secured. The Friends of Sheffield Castle remain committed to being a key player in the Council’s proposals and we will continue to keep you updated with progress.

Demolition of the old Markets building will commence in earnest in January and this will take the rest of next year to complete, so there is still plenty of time to secure the funding required. The remains of the Castle and the associated archaeology remain the key element to this project and we remain positive that we will see a successful outcome.

We are currently working on an Event schedule for next year, so keep checking the website for news of this and other local Events in the City. Thank you for your continued support

Martin Gorman,
Chair of FOSC

 

Love Square…

love_squareLove Square will be a new type of urban nature park that is colourful, exciting, beautiful and full of interest throughout the year. 

Located at West Bar on the site of a former bus and tram interchange, Love Square is just a few moments walk from Sheffield’s city centre.

Featuring a community café made from a converted shipping container, colourful wildflower meadows, lawns, a mini wetland, and lined with a woodland edge of bird-friendly trees, Love Square will be a colourful community space bringing social and economic benefits to a neglected part of the city.

The project is being coordinated by the University of Sheffield, working closely with Sheffield City Council and a range of local community groups.

Help us to transform a neglected part of Sheffield into a vibrant and innovative community space full of wildflowers and nature – do something inspirational today!  We need your votes to win £120,000 of transformation funding from Grow Wild.  Share your support for the Love Square project, West Bar, Sheffield with your family, friends, contacts and customers.

Vote for Love Square before 4 November 2014

www.sheffield.ac.uk/lovesquare

 

Bishops’ House Medieval Craft Fair

Bishops Hous

Bishops House

Saturday November 22nd & Sunday 23rd 10am – 3.30pm
Bishops House, Norton Lees Lane, Sheffield, S8 9BE

FOSC will be running a stall at this hugely popular Medieval event. A craft fair with a difference! Craft stalls for those unusual Christmas gifts and much more besides. the Friends Of Manor Lodge will also be in attendance.

Imaginary Castles

imaginary_castleCastles feature in a project from Sheffield University’s ‘Festival of the Mind‘. This was a collaborative project between ArcHeritage, Lovebytes and the University of Sheffield (Archaeology Department). They worked with schools groups to draw and model aspects of imaginary castle architecture and artefacts, and built them into a 3D digital model which was then animated. A new vision for Sheffield Castle!

The festival is on until 28th September, and the exhibition is open to all, and free to visit, in Castle House.

Templeman Talk

A healthy attendance of 40 plus attended FOSC’s event at the United Reform Church, Norfolk St last night to hear popular Tudor historian David Templeman on Mary, Scotland’s Captive Queen and her sojourn in Elizabethan England.

The venue proved popular with members of the audience who were particularly appreciate of the light refreshments served up by our chair Martin Gorman and in-house professional archaeologist Anna Badcock, who led from the front, rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in.

David, chair of the Friends of Manor Lodge, several of whom were in the audience,  showed commendable spirit and cooperation with the pre-event dynamic publicity which these events require. Part two of his talk charting Mary’s tragic but inevitable progress to a block at Fotheringay is on our programme for next year. Don’t miss it

Ron Clayton FOSC