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Local and family history events in libraries

Six week family history course

Commences Thursday 15th September, 2-4pm
Sheffield Archives, 52 Shoreham Street, Sheffield S1 4SP

Family history expert Suzanne Bingham leads this beginners course which will explain the process of researching your family tree. You will learn how to use the Find My Past website effectively and have a chance to look at original documents from the archives.

Places are £60 and must be booked in advance, please contact us for details.

 

Woodhead Line – The Lost Railway

Friday 16th September, 10.30am to 11.30am
Stocksbridge Library

In this illustrated talk, join Stephen Gay for a ramble over the Pennines from Hadfield to Sheffield and discover Woodhead, the lost railway.  The route closed in 1981 and Stephen will talk about the history and possible future for the line.

Places are free but must be booked

Telephone:  0114 2734205
Email:  Stocksbridge.library@sheffield.gov.uk
Book online

 

Arnold Loosemore: Heroism Clouded in Sadness

Thursday 13th October
2pm – 3pm       
Ecclesall Library

Arnold Loosemore was a young man from Sheffield who fought in the First World War and was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery, yet he shares a grave in All Saints Parish Church, Ecclesall with three other in order to save money. Dr Graham White tells his story and speaks about his legacy.

Places are free but must be booked       

Telephone:  0114 203 7222
Email:  ecclesall.library@sheffield.gov.uk
Book online

 

The Hope Valley Line - Sheffield to Edale

Friday 14th October    
10.30am – 11.30am       
Central Library Carpenter Room

In this illustrated talk, Stephen Gay takes the traveller on a 20 mile journey from Sheffield to Edale along the magnificent Hope Valley.  Highlighting beautiful scenery, fascinating history and incorporating the odd poetry reading.  Sit back and enjoy the ride.

Places are free but must be booked       

Telephone:  0114 2734712
Email:  information.library@sheffield.gov.uk
Book online

 

Voyage into Britain with Mike Spick

Saturday 15th October    
2pm – 3pm           
Manor Library

Join Mike for an insight into the hidden world of our canals, touching on their history, geography and architecture. An introduction to the 2,500 miles of canals and navigable rivers that criss-cross the country.  The secret green corridors into our towns and cities.

Places are free but must be booked       

Telephone:  0114 2037805
Email:  manor.library@sheffield.gov.uk
Book online

 

Life Long Labour – The Writings of Frank Rodgers

Tuesday 18th October,
2pm – 3.30pm          
Chapeltown Library

Compiled by former MP Helen Jackson with the help of Frank’s two daughters. 

Life Long Labour brings together a selection of recollections, talks, advice notes and war memories - from childhood to Frank’s final years in Grenoside.  Each piece expresses the personal philosophy of this well-loved local character.
  
Places are free, but must be booked

Telephone:  0114 2037000
Email:  Chapeltown.library@sheffield.gov.uk
Book online

 

The Story of the Snake Road

Thursday 27th October    
2pm – 3pm       
Hillsborough Library

Join local author and expert, Howard Smith for a fascinating illustrated talk about the history of the Snake Road and the Sheffield to Glossop Turnpike Trail. A history of one of England’s highest roads from Roman times to the present day.

Places are free but must be booked       

Telephone:  0114 2039529
Email:  hillsborough.library@sheffield.gov.uk
Book online

 

Pox, Pus and Privies – Sanitary conditions in Victorian Sheffield

Monday 14th November, 10.30am – 11.30am
Central Library Carpenter Room

In this illustrated talk, Suzanne Bingham explores the sanitary conditions in Victorian Sheffield, the effect on the health of the inhabitants, and what the authorities, in their wisdom, tried to do about it.

Places are free but must be booked

Telephone:  0114 2734712
Email:  information.library@sheffield.gov.uk
Book online

 

A Time Traveller's Guide to Tudor Sheffield

Thursday 17th November, 7pm – 8.45pm   
Central Library Carpenter Room

A feast of authentic Tudor music, theatrical performance and local history, set against a backdrop of words from William Shakespeare.  An event delivered in partnership with the Doncaster Waites, Friends of Manor Lodge and Sheffield’s Shakespeare.

Tickets cost £5 and must be purchased in advance

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Late Victorian Book Illustration: Progress, Knowledge and Democracy

Thursday 1st December, 10.30am – 11.30am       
Central Library Carpenter Room

Encyclopaedias are a snapshot of a particular time, place, and world view.  Historian Rose Roberto shares images from early Encyclopaedias to tell the history of British publishing and the movement to democratise knowledge.

Places are free but must be booked

Telephone:  0114 2734712
Email:  information.library@sheffield.gov.uk
Book online

 

The Victorian Reinvention of Christmas

Tuesday 6th December, 10.30am – 11.30am           
Central Library Biographies Room

Danny Wells explores how and why the Victorians repackaged and re-energised older festive traditions and customs to suit their new sensibilities, ideas and concerns. It is said the Victorians ‘mixed the ingredients of the English Christmas to create an extremely rich plum pudding’.

Places are free but must be booked

Telephone:  0114 2734712
Email:  information.library@sheffield.gov.uk
Book online

 

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