The Manor Lodge Players are performing the story of Mary Queen of Scots in Sheffield at 7 pm on Friday October 20th at Waterstones Orchard Square Sheffield.  Tickets are £3.00 to include a glass of wine. Performance finishes no later than 8.30pm. tickets from Waterstones store itself or online

South Yorkshire Archaeology Day (organised by SYAS) will be held on Saturday 18th November, 10am-4:30pm at the Showroom cinema in Sheffield.

There will be talks on recent archaeological research and fieldwork in South Yorkshire, delivered by academic, commercial and community archaeologists. The afternoon session will include a talk by Gareth Dean, University of Sheffield: The Story of Sheffield Castle: archives, archaeology and interpretation

You can book online at

South Yorkshire Archaeology Service,(SYAS)
Howden House, 1 Union Street, Sheffield, S1 2SH. Tel. 0114 273 6428


6.30pm Thursday 19th April 2018

Central United Reformed Church,
Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2JB

Here are details of our forthcoming AGM and talk which we hope you can attend. As well as what I am sure will be an interesting talk from David Templeman on “The Great Sheffield Deer Park: Ye Great Parke of England”, we will be providing an update on the start of archaeological work on the Castle site and an update on the all the work Sheffield University is doing on the archives, the Peoples Pier and a virtual re-construction of what the Castle may well have looked like!

Visitors welcome £3, existing members free. You can join on the night for only £5 and get in for free 😉

Martin Gorman

10 June at 13:00–14:00

Well-known Sheffield character, author, and provider of Sheffield-based historical walks and talks, Big Ron Clayton takes us on a Radical Ramble round Sheffield City Centre.

Discover the people of Sheffield who have stood up for what they believe in and explore Sheffield’s remarkable history that led to the rise of the ‘biggest village in England’.

Starting point is at the Millennium Gallery.

Cost: £5 plus booking fee. Please book in advance.

Details from our last AGM

Wednesday 19 April 2018 – 1830 hrs
at the Central United Reformed Church

Meeting Minutes

The Chair (Martin Gorman) gave a warm welcome to all and announced the Running Order for the AGM which would be followed by a talk given by David Templeman, “The Great Sheffield Deer Park: Ye Great Parke of England”

The attendance including committee members, members and guests was 35. Apologies received from 3 members.


Proposer: Diana Stimely Seconder: Christine Goodall

The Minutes were approved by a majority show of hands. There were no Matters Arising.
Chair’s Report
• Chair reported on the progress of the Council’s ‘Great to Green 2’ project and the Castlegate Steering Group.
• Planning permission has been granted for the People’s Pier project, research on the castle archives and the virtual reality reconstruction of the castle.
• Archaeological work at the castle site is due to start this summer and an archaeological contractor to carry out the project will be appointed soon.
• There will be an event at the Old Post Office on 29 September, including talks on the archival research, Sheffield Tunnels, and the launch of the virtual reality model.
Treasurers Report
• The treasurer presented the 2017-18 accounts.

Proposer: Sarah Barber Seconder: Peter Carver

The Accounts were adopted by a majority show of hands. There were no Matters Arising.
All Management Committee Members retire annually. Marie Gilman has resigned from the committee due to ill health – the Chair thanked her for all her hard work and enthusiasm over the years since the FOSC was formed. All other committee members have offered themselves for re-election.

Proposer: Ann Lee   Seconder: Terry Gorman

All were re-elected by a majority show of hands.

No other business.

DATE OF NEXT AGM – Proposed Thursday 18th April 2019 at 18:30 hrs
TALK by David Templeman:
“The Great Sheffield Deer Park: Ye Great Parke of England”
Meeting closed at 7pm.

We are delighted to invite you to an exciting day of talks about Sheffield Castle on Saturday 29th September 2018 at the Old Post Office in Fitzalan Square, now run by Sheffield Hallam University as the Institute of Arts. All the talks are free and coincide with both the excavations taking place on the Castle and also the Sheffield University  Festival of the Mind weekend, where the Castle will be the main feature…more details on this to come soon.

The day starts at 11am with the popular talk by David Clarke on the tunnels and myths surrounding the Castle. Following this, Wessex Archaeology, who are undertaking the excavations on the site, will give an update on the finds.  The day will close with a talk by John Moreland and Gareth Dean from Sheffield University on the extensive work they have been undertaking on the archives on the Castle, which has revealed never before seen pictures and information. Each talk will be followed by a question and answer session. We are also pleased to say that Museums Sheffield will be bringing some of the artefacts from the Museum records/archives

We hope you can join us on the day – you can book for one talk, two or all three via the link below. Please come and along!! Refreshments will also be available.

Members of FoSC are being given priority booking on these talks until Friday 7th September when it will be open to the public. We expect these talks to book up quickly so don’t hesitate!

Bookings can be made through the Eventbrite booking system


1. Experience Castlegate – interactive exhibition
What if you could see the past, present and future of our city all at the same time? Experience Sheffield Castle through an augmented reality model, learn about recent archaeological research and see visions of the future from University of Sheffield students.

Location – Millennium Gallery
Dates – Thursday 20 – Thursday 27 September
Times – Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Wednesday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 11am – 4pm

2. Experience Castlegate – talk

Experience Castlegate brings together academics from Archaeology, Architecture and Computer Science, with city partners Human Studio, to develop the first full 3D digital model of Sheffield Castle. This talk showcases the digital model and describes how augmented reality is bringing the Castle to life in its modern context, both in the Futurecade at the Millennium Galleries and down on site in Castlegate. John Moreland is Professor of Medieval Archaeology at the University of Sheffield. Carolyn Butterworth is an architect and Senior University Teacher at the University of Sheffield’s School of Architecture (SSoA). HumanVR create digital experiences that explore new paths of communication and creative expression.

Location – The Spiegeltent, Barker’s Pool
Date – Saturday 22 September
Time – 3.30pm – 4.30pm

3. Finding the Lost Castle – Sheffield Castle, What’s the Story? – talk

Mili Rajic, Wessex Archaeology’s project manager, gives a talk focusing on recent results of the archaeological excavation of the site of Sheffield Castle. Alongside the archaeological results, Mili will talk about drones, cameras, media and community engagement.

Location – The Spiegeltent, Barker’s Pool
Date – Saturday 22 September
Time – 2pm – 3pm

More details here

An entertaining musical interpretation of the Siege of Sheffield Castle. Told as cook Liz and under-steward Thomas try valiantly to hold the Castle walls!

Sunday August 18th at 2pm in Old Queens Head pub.

Pay-What-You-Feel. Proceeds to Friends of Sheffield Castle

We are delighted to announce that the only visible remains of the Castle will be able to be viewed as part of the Heritage Open Days weekends in September. These remains are contained in a secure underground room on the site and will be able to be seen for the first time for many years.

Please note that places will be limited and the only way you can book for the visits will be through an on line booking system, directly from the Heritage Open Day website.

The booking system is now live and the link to the page is here…..

We are delighted to say that Wessex Archaeology will be with us on each day and they hope to bring some of the finds from last year’s excavations.

Bishops’ House
Monday November 11th, 7.30pm 

Ashley Tuck from Wessex Archaeology will evaluate Sheffield Castle, sharing the results of the recent dig. In the wake of the demolition of Sheffield Castle, archaeologists have had the first ever chance to undertake a systematic investigation of Sheffield Castle. This talk is free, however we have limited capacity and recommend you arrive early to have the best chance of a seat.

Join us for a celebration of Sheffield’s rich history, as we showcase the work of key heritage groups from around the city in a weekend-long fair at the Millennium Gallery.

Sheffield’s heritage reaches far wider than just the industrial revolution, and knowledge of it is being added to all the time. Recent research has shone new light on the early frontier of Roman Britain, Sheffield’s lost castle, the city’s stance against the slave trade, the fight for female emancipation, and Sheffield’s ‘Little Mesters’.

Take the opportunity to chat with local heritage groups and learn from history advocates who care for, promote and pass on our local heritage to future generations of the ‘biggest village’, Sheffield.

This event is being organised by well-known Sheffield character, author, and provider of Sheffield-based historical walks and talks, Ron Clayton, and historian and speaker, David Templeman.

Free, just turn up.

We are just letting you know that the proposed AGM for the Friends of Sheffield Castle which was due to take place on 23rd April, will be postponed to a date, later on in the year, due to the ongoing health

We will let you know the new date as soon as this has been agreed by the Committee and thank for your understanding.

Martin Gorman

The Friends of Sheffield Castle AGM for 2020 will be held via an on line Zoom call this coming Thursday 30th July at 6pm. Unfortunately due to the current situation it will not be possible to hold a normal meeting and talk in a venue, so we will merely be undertaking the administration of the AGM this year.

Anyone is welcome to join although only members will be permitted to vote.  Should you wish to join, please contact and instructions will be sent.

We will provide a summary and update post meeting on the website