Sheffield Central Library is hosting a full day of activities for all ages as part of Sheffield Showcase 2022. Join them to discover local history from the archives, get social over board games, and create with craft and art activities.
Discover Local History:
The City Archives and the Local Studies Library collect and preserve the city’s written history. Their vast collections of archive documents, books, maps, photographs, sound and film recordings are available to support your research and feed your curiosity. And their events and exhibitions help local people connect with their shared history.
Join them for a day of talks in the Carpenter Room at Sheffield Central Library – see the schedule below and book in advance (local history talks fill up fast!).
Sheffield Cathedral: A History
10:30am – book
Local historian Janet Ridler shows how the city’s development from Saxon times to the present day can be traced within the walls of its cathedral. Through the building's architecture and stained glass, discover hidden stories from medieval, Tudor and Victorian times, meeting the people that shaped our city’s story along the way.
Exploring some of Sheffield’s Ancient Suburbs
12:15pm – book
In this illustrated talk, local historian David Templeman takes a sweeping look at the city, highlighting the history of Ecclesall, Dore, Handsworth, Stannington and Bradfield. A rich tapestry of fascinating facts from across the centuries.
The Trial of Samuel Holberry: Revisited
2pm – book
Samuel Holberry is one of the most controversial figures in Sheffield’s history. To the government and middle classes in the 1840s, he was a dangerous revolutionary, planning to take control of the town by violence in a Chartist plot. To the working classes, he was a hero and martyr. In this talk, David Price, author of Sheffield Troublemakers: Rebels and Radicals in Sheffield History, will re-examine the evidence and consider who Holberry really was.