Latest from Friends Of Sheffield Manor Lodge:

mary_coverTwo launch events for David Templeman’s new book:

“Mary, Queen of Scots, The Captive Queen in England 1568-87”

Illustrated Talks by David Templeman plus book launch and book signing, presenting the big story of Mary, Queen of Scots’ 14 years of captivity in Sheffield, with David’s newly-researched evidence that has been included in his very recently-published book.

Saturday 5 November 2016 – 2.00 pm – Central United Reformed Church

David’s Illustrated Talk, with 2 Pipers from the Sheffield Pipe Band and re-enactors presenting two 5-minute plays and a monologue. Refreshments available. This is the final event in the 2016 “Off the Shelf” programme: BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Tickets £6 (£5 concessions) – book with the City Hall Box Office on 0114 223 3777 or in person (specifying “Off the Shelf” plus date and name of event). At busy times calls may be transferred to SIV (Sheffield International Venues).

Monday 7 November 2016 – 7.00 pm – Manor Lodge Discovery Centre

(a “Green Estate” First Monday Lecture). David’s Illustrated Talk – same format as 5 November but without Pipers. Refreshments available. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Tickets £6 (£5 FoSML members) – book with “Green Estate” on 0114 276 2828 ext 648 or  or

Book sales (£9.99) and signing at both events

All proceeds to the Friends of Sheffield Manor Lodge

Mary, Queen of Scots in captivity

David Templeman has supplied an image of the painting of Mary, Queen of Scots in Sheffield Castle by John Calcott Horsley in 1871. It is the only one depicting her in Sheffield Castle. Note how they are all clustered together and the bars on the windows. They had been reduced to 16 in total with only a couple of rooms to be occupied.

Mary in captivity

We have charitable status!

The Friends are delighted to confirm that we are now officialy a registered charity.  This is great news as it gives us a more professional standing when it comes to working alongside strategic partners and also allows us to open up new ways of raising funding should we need to.  Thank you to those who supported the proposals at the SGM and especially to our Treasurer Glynis Jones who has undertaken all the hard work.

Site activity

Students  marked the approximate outline of the Castle on the ground with black spray paint (with permission). They had positioned a time lapse camera on top of the Metropolitan hotel and then ‘walked the battlements’ around the castle outline. Hence the black ninja uniforms. They also did a ‘re-enactment’ of Mary Queen of Scots at home, with camping chairs, Ikea standard lamp, & her entourage seated on tartan rugs!


Tracy Borman talk – The Tower of London

Saturday September 24 2016
2.30 pm.

The Friends Of Sheffield Manor Lodge are delighted to announce Tracy Borman is coming to talk about “The Tower of London” – who better to talk on this subject than the joint curator of the Royal Palaces?

It will now be held At Hallam Students Union, The Hubs, 6 Paternoster Row,  Sheffield S1 2QQ – facing the Showroom Cinema

This talk will be popular so book early please. Refreshments available.