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Courses and Workshops


Researching Your Family Tree – A Six Week Course

Commencing Thursday 24th September 2015, 2.00pm – 4.00pm   
Sheffield Archives, 52 Shoreham Street

Led by family history expert Suzanne Bingham, this course is aimed at beginners and will explain the process of researching your family tree. You will learn how to use the Ancestry and Find My Past websites effectively, and each week there will be a chance to look at original documents from the Archives.

The course costs £60 and must be booked in advance

Telephone: 0114 2039395

Local History Talks

All talks are free but must be booked:

Telephone: 0114 2734712


How Sheffield Read – Reading in 18th and 19th Century Sheffield

Wednesday 8th July
2.00pm – 3.00pm    Central Library Carpenter Room

Explore Sheffield’s reading habits over the centuries. A talk detailing the 18th century Sheffield Subscription Library and the later Sheffield Book Society(1806-1944) and Sheffield Book Club (1821-1869).
A talk by Susan Roe and Loveday Herridge from the Reading Sheffield Project


From High Street to iStreet

Tuesday 21st July
10.30am – 11.30am    Central Library Carpenter Room

Suzanne Bingham gives a fascinating talk about how Sheffield’s shopping facilities, and the way Sheffielders shop, has changed over the decades into a pastime completely unrecognisable by our ancestors.


Sheffielders on Holiday

Tuesday 11th August
10.30am – 11.30am    Central Library Carpenter Room

Suzanne Bingham takes a look at how our ideas of holidays have changed; from when a day at the seaside or local beauty spot excited our ancestors for a whole year, through to holiday camps and package tours.


A History of Sheffield General Cemetery

Thursday 27th August
10.30am – 11.30am    Central Library Carpenter Room

Jo Pye explains why the cemetery was built, offers insight into the layout, and guides us through some of the more notable memorials.  She will also update on some of the exciting events and projects currently planned.


Further Adventures with Harry Brearley

Tuesday 15th August
10.30am – 11.30am    Central Library Carpenter Room

Local storyteller and author Andy Messer relates how a chance conversation led to his discovery of the "Boy's Own" story of Harry Brearley, a missing sculpture and a year impersonating the inventor. A local history and storytelling event


Lady Arbella Stuart, the Queen that Never Was

Thursday 1st October
10.30am – 11.30am    Central Library Carpenter Room

400 years on from her death, David Templeman seeks out the story of Arbella, the grand-daughter of Bess of Hardwick. From her confined childhood and local connections, to one of history’s most exciting and romantic escape stories, hear a story of exploitation, politics and religion.



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