We are a voluntary group set up to protect and promote the site of Sheffield Castle for the people of Sheffield and surrounding areas, as well as for future generations.
The site of Sheffield Castle and the history of it really is an incredible story. Quite simply, this site is where it all began for what is today, one of Britain’s major cities.
This project, and the blueprint put forward by the friends, seeks to reconnect the city with its past right at the moment that it is increasingly moving forward
with confidence and being reborn as a modern 21st century city.
That’s why the opportunity before us is so exciting.
Sir Tony Robinson
Patron of Friends of Sheffield Castle
Recent excavations in the city have shed amazing new light on Sheffield Castle. Buried for over 600 years, the once lost citadel held Mary Queen of Scots for ten years and is a history we never thought we had.
It’s exploded our conception of Sheffield’s heritage as the ‘Steel City’. But how could it change the city’s future?
Archaeologist John Moreland explores the site of the Castlegate dig, showing finds from recent excavations by Wessex Archaeology and talking to the University of Sheffield’s Architecture department about how Sheffield’s heritage is transforming its future.
Sheffield Castle presents an original perspective on an urban castle, resurrecting from museum archives a building that once made Sheffield a nexus of power in medieval England, its lords playing important roles in local, national, and international affairs. Although largely demolished at the end of the English Civil War, the castle has left an enduring physical and civic legacy, and continues to exert a powerful sway over the present townscape, and future development, of Sheffield.
The archive largely comprises the documents, maps, plans and photographs curated by Sheffield Museums from the campaigns of archaeological recording undertaken between 1927 and 1930 and in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It is structured according to the filing system of the Sheffield Museums archive, organised by drawer and cupboard
Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to get involved.
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