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  Antiques - Speakers for Meetings
Vivienne Milburn is an Antiques Auctioneer & Valuer. She speaks on the changing fashions in the world of antique auctions, bringing you up to date prices on what is valuable.

Talks can cover areas such as: Paintings, Retro Antiques, Chinese & Asian, Silver & Jewellery and collector’s items Toys & Medals.

Valuations on antiques that guests wish to bring with them can be provided, like an "Antiques Roadshow". Also a "Have a go Yourself" quiz.

Talks ideal for History Societies, Rotary, Probus, U3A and Womens Institute type groups. Available to speak at meetings in South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. A fee is charged except where the talk is for a charity event when expenses will be charged.

ArcHeritage is a specialist archaeological and heritage practice. Their team has expertise in all aspects of the historic environment and they offer a high-quality one-stop service.

They take great pride in providing an efficient, cost-effective, and carefully tailored service to public and private sector clients:
• assisting clients at all stages of project development and delivery
• minimising risks to construction schedules and costs
• ensuring that the benefits of heritage assets are maximised

Can provide desk-based assessments, heritage assessments, surveys, excavation, historic building recording, 3D reconstructions and digital modelling and landscape surveying, amongst other services.

ArcHeritage also has an ongoing commitment to community involvement, education and training in archaeology, and the presentation of archaeological discoveries to the public. They can help groups to design and deliver their own heritage projects, and to seek funding for their projects. They welcome new project ideas.

A registered educational charity and a company limited by guarantee no 1430801. Part of the York Archaeological Trust and a registered organisation of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.

Charity No: 509060

  Arrowflight Company of Archers
Arrowflight Company of Archers is a not-for-profit organisation that participates in archery competitions. A closed club, new members by selection.

Arteamus is a collective archaeological research organisation which operates in and around Sheffield and the Peak District National Park. The group promotes archaeological research to enable a better public understanding of archaeology and the historic landscapes of the region.

Over the years, Arteamus has completed a diverse range of archaeological projects and continues to do so. Excursions at home and abroad have also become a feature of the group’s activities, as well as talks and walks to widen interests and increase knowledge. The group welcomes collaboration with other groups and societies in the region. New members are always welcome.

  Beighton Environment Group (BEG)
Beighton Environment Group aims to improve and care for the local environment through preservation of the local history and the natural environment, litterpicking and hedge laying, bulb planting and floral displays. Works with local schools and runs various events during the year including tree planting and a lantern walk.

The group carries out improvements in the village during the summer, please phone to confirm.

  Birley Learning Community - Adult Learning
The Birley Learning Community (BLC) consists of 2 schools sharing a single campus in a residential area in South East Sheffield. BLC
offer adult learning in the secondary school in the evening andelivers
adult learning classes at community venues during the day.

BLC aims to engage adults in learning whether they are looking for a qualification, seeking to widen their interests or wanting to enjoy the social side of le arning. Courses are organised into 3 ten week blocks based around school terms, daytime courses are timed to accommodate those who have children to take to and collect from school.

Courses on offer include:
• Beginners Computer classes (students gain confidence learning at their own pace in a friendly, relaxed class with tutor support, also suitable for students with some experience using a computer)
• European Computer Driving License - ECDL (covers popular software packages, including word processing, spreadsheets and presentations, and organising and protecting computers and data. Each module is tested online and successful learners receive an industry-recognised qualification
• Literacy and numeracy (small and friendly classes where students learn at their own pace from pre-entry to level 2. These courses are free.)
• Supporting teaching and learning in schools (for students who wish to work in a school and want a qualification to prove their skills and help them to develop their career)
• Cupcakes and bakes (covers cooking and baking skills, everyone welcome)
• Spanish (friendly conversation classes)
• Digital Imaging (covers improving photographs and creating digital art using Adobe Photoshop)
• Yoga (friendly and welcoming class suitable for men and women of all abilities)

All courses are local authority funded and also supported financially by the school, therefore charges are £30 per 10 week block of learning or £10 if a learner is in receipt of a means tested benefit. Some of the courses offered will take 3 terms to complete. All Numeracy and Literacy classes are free (please check these prices for accuracy).

  Bishops House
Located at the top of Meersbrook Park, Bishops House is the best surviving and most charming example of a Tudor style timber framed house in the City of Sheffield.

It is open to the public each Saturday and Sunday and for pre-booked schools and group visits during the week.

Charity No: 1150722

  Bradfield Historical Society
Bradfield Historical Society is a non-profit organisation that researches and records the local history of the Bradfield area. The society holds various events throughout the year.

Meets at Low Bradfield Village Hall, S6 (Monday).

  Bradfield Parish Archives & Family History Centre
Bradfield Parish Archives and Family History Centre is open to researchers and holds a wide range of information including records of Bradfield Workhouse Poorhouse, old maps, enclosure awards, census records, parish records from St Nicholas Church, High Bradfield and local photographs. The centre provides CD transcription from other churches/chapels in the area. Internet access to family history websites available.

Meets at Bradfield Parish Council, S6 (Thursday).

  Broomhill Local History Group
Broomhill Local History Group researches and disseminates the history of Broomhill and its inhabitants.

  Chapeltown and High Green Archive
Chapeltown and High Green Archive is a small group of volunteers who collect and conserve items of interest from Chapeltown, High Green, Ecclesfield and surrounding areas. The materials relate to the economic and social history of the area and include photographs, documents, artefacts and taped and written recollections. The group maintains a collection of over 3000 photographs of Chapeltown, High Green, Ecclesfield, Grenoside, Thorpe Hesley and Wentworth. The archive publishes books, mounts exhibitions and holds events in various local venues.

  Community Heritage at Heeley City Farm
We love seeing people progress by helping them to have hands on opportunities to experience local heritage. We offer a wide range of opportunities for volunteers working on a range of different projects based both at Heeley City Farm and at other locations in the city.

We have opportunities at different levels, an interest in Heritage, History and Archaeology is required but no formal experience necessary.

Our current projects are:
Exploring Tinsley Manor - Heritage Lottery Funded, we are searching for lost Medieval Tinsley. This work involves working with Tinsley Junior School and Wessex Archaeology, as well as our volunteers. We are excavating within the school grounds, recording oral histories, a graveyard survey, local heritage works, trips to the Sheffield Archives and loads of celebration events across the years.

Iron Age Roundhouse Woodland – Ongoing since 2009, we built a full size reproduction Iron Age Roundhouse on the Farm Grounds. This area is developing and now also includes blacksmiths forge, a fire circle and an area for experimental archaeology work. We have regular hands on open days, and there are loads of opportunities to get involved.

Life at No. 57 – Investigating the history of the Heeley City Farm site, built on the site of six streets of Victorian terraces. Over three summers, we excavated various houses, undertook oral history and archive research. The next stage of the project ‘Buttons and Bones’, plans to work with the finds collection from the excavation, collect more oral history and continue looking at the site to put it in context.

Charity No: 1111482

  Community Recource Centre, Heritage Project (Green Estate)
The Community Resource Centre, run by Green Estate at Manor Lodge has a Community Heritage Project Officer available to help, support and guide heritage groups or communities who want to carry out their own historical research or heritage projects. The Heritage Officer can help you apply for funding, plan your project and provide links with other Sheffield heritage resources or organisations. If you are interested in your local history or would like to visit the officer at the Sheffield Manor Lodge site please get in touch for more information.

  Crookes Local History Group
Crookes Local History Group does not hold meetings, but collects and provides information on Crookes, including past and current publications.

  Cutlers Hall Preservation Trust Ltd
Cutlers Hall Preservation Trust Ltd works to preserve the historical, architectural and constructional heritage of the Cutlers Hall.
Charity No: 513038

  Dore Oral History Group
Dore Oral History Group is linked with Dore Village Society. The group aims to collect the recorded memories of people living and/or working in Dore throughout the 20th and early 21st Centuries. The project is called 'Dore Voices'. The group is building up an archive of recordings, transcripts, some written reminiscences and photographs. Folders of transcripts of recordings, sound bites and photographs used in displays are stored in the Dore Village Society room.

The group shares findings with the local community through open days, exhibitions and publications, as well as giving talks to other interested groups in the Sheffield area. New members of any age are welcome.

The group meets in S17.

  Dore Village Society - Community, Environment and Conservation
Dore Village Society fosters the protection and enhancement of the local environment and amenities within Dore, encourages a spirit of community and records its historic development. Hosts the Dore Show on the second Saturday in September, supports other community activities and publishes a quarterly magazine, Dore to Door.
A registered charity.

Meetings are held in S17.

Charity No: 1017051

  Dore Village Society - Historical Societies
Society for current and past residents of Dore. A registered charity which fosters the protection and enhancement of the local environment and amenities within Dore, encourages a spirit of community and records its historic development. Researches and records living history. Holds Dore Show annually on 2nd Saturday in September and publishes a quarterly magazine.

Meets at Dore Village Society Room, Dore Old School, S17 (Friday and Saturday).

Charity No: 1017051

  Ecclesall Local History Society
Ecclesall Local History Society's activities include talks on local history and visits of interest.

Meets at Mylnhurst Preparatory School and Nursery, S11 (Tuesday).

  Ecclesfield Conservation and Local History Group
Ecclesfield Conservation Group aims to preserve what is best about the village of Ecclesfield.

They meet in S35 (Tuesday).

  Escafeld Medieval Society
Escafeld Medieval Society enacts authentic 13th Century tournaments and foot combat displays. Talks, candle making, archery and living history displays also given (see separate entry).

Meet in S6.

  Escafeld Medieval Society - Speakers for Meetings
Escafeld Medieval Society can provide speakers for meetings who offer talks and living history displays to schools, historical societies and any other interested groups or individuals.

  Friends of Bishops House
Friends of Bishops House is a voluntary organisation managing Bishop's House on behalf of Sheffield City Council. The group is dedicated to:
• Maintaining and developing public access to the house
• Protecting and conserving the building for future generations to enjoy
• Developing Bishop's House as a museum where the community can learn about the history of the house, the locality and its connection with the wider history of Sheffield.

Bishop House is located in S8.

  Friends of Burngreave Chapel and Cemetery
Friends of Burngreave Chapel and Cemetery aim to maintain, protect and develop Burngreave Chapel and Cemetery. Holds regular open days and occasional events.

Offers help to the public with finding individual grave plots at Burngreave cemetery, Melrose Road, S3, when open on a Sunday. Site maps are also available on the website.

All burial records between 1861-1996 for the cemetery have been transcribed and are available to view on the Sheffield Indexers site A registered charity.

Charity No: 1147669

  Friends of Edward Carpenter (FOEG)
The Friends of Edward Carpenter are a small group of people who are dedicated to establishing a permanent memorial to Edward Carpenter in Sheffield City Centre, recognising his historical and social importance and unique association with the city.

Edward Carpenter (1844 -1929) was a significant cultural and political activist, who advocated the ‘Simplification of Life’ and put his beliefs into practice. He campaigned throughout his life on many issues of social concern, ranging from women's suffrage to the protection of the environment, from sexual emancipation to the formation of trade unions. For over 40 years he formed a strong bond with the people of Sheffield, living openly as a gay man in Millthorpe, Derbyshire only a few miles away. His life was one of quiet celebration while his writings and example laid the foundation for the gay liberation movement of the 20th century.

The group seeks to raise funds through concerts, music, literature and arts events, in addition to lobbying for support from Edward Carpenter followers and admirers around the world.

  Friends of Norfolk Heritage Park
Friends of Norfolk Heritage Park are a voluntary group working closely with Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Wildlife Trust to improve the environment of the park. Conducts guided walks/talks throughout the year and are involved in practical conservation tasks. Works with various other bodies to help organise the Sheffield Fayre and new members are always welcome to help keep this a free and sustainable event.

Also welcomes new members to help keep the park one of the most interesting spaces to visit in terms of playground facilities and the cafι.

Meets in S2 (Tuesday).

  Friends of Sheffield Castle
The Friends of Sheffield Castle are a voluntary group who aim to protect and promote the archaeological site of Sheffield Castle for the benefit of the people of Sheffield and surrounding areas, and for future generations.

The group seek to acquire and disseminate information about Sheffield Castle, at both local and national levels and work with local, regional and national organisations to protect and promote the remains of Sheffield Castle.

  Friends of Sheffield Manor Lodge
Friends of Sheffield Manor Lodge is a registered charity which is working to bring the historical site back into use as a visitor attraction. The group organises speaker events and coach outings.

Meets at Manor Lodge, S2 (Friday).

Charity No: 1123901

  Friends of Walkley Cemetery
Friends of Walkley Cemetery work to improve and preserve the cemetery. They offer regular tours of the cemetery in Summer.

  Friends of Wardsend Cemetery
Friends of Wardsend Cemetery seeks to restore the cemetery situated behind Trebor Bassets (now Mondelez International) on Livesey Street and Club Mill Road.

They aim to:
• conserve the cemetery
• offer occasional guided tours
• preserve and encourage wildlife
• encourage visitors and help those looking for family descendents to find details of family and their family burial places
• encourage the involvement of the community regardless of age or any other factors
• improve awareness of the cemetery in particular and the Wardsend area in general and to work closely with other groups

  Friends of Wincobank Hill
Friends of Wincobank Hill is a voluntary community group which aims to protect, preserve and improve the environment of Wincobank Hill. The group takes part in working days in conjunction with Sheffield City Council's Heritage Woodland Team. Also collect local history information in the area. New members from across Sheffield and beyond are welcome.

The group also organises talks about the heritage and biodiversity of Wincobank Hill and acts as a pressure group to conserve local heritage.

They meet in S5 (Thursday).

  Georgian Group
Georgian Group promotes interest in the Georgian Age.

  Gleadless Valley Local History Group
Gleadless Valley Local History Group encourages and enables residents of Gleadless Valley to find out more about their community and its history.

Meets at Newfield Green Tenants Hall, S2 (Friday).

  Grenoside and District Local History Group
Grenoside and District Local History Group's membership is open to anyone with an interest in Grenoside and its surrounding area. Aims to hold events, collect material and publish information to stimulate interest in and knowledge of Grenoside. Holds meetings which range from workshops, informal meetings and visiting speakers who cover a wide range of local and family history subjects. Also organises day visits to places of historical interest at cost price. Yearly subscription.

Meet at Grenoside Community Centre, S35 (Tuesday).

  Grenoside Reading Room
Grenoside Reading Room is a listed building in Grenoside was originally built as a school, being the second endowed school in Grenoside – the first endowed school, under the trusteeship of the Church Wardens of Ecclesfield, was situated in Lump Lane.

The exact date it was built, on land owned by Thomas Walker, is unknown, but the date has been narrowed down to between 1789 and 1791. In 2006, the trusteeship of the Reading Room passed from the Ecclesfield Parish Council to residents from the village of Grenoside. The building has been restored, with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and it is now a Heritage Centre for the use of all the residents of Grenoside and the surrounding area.

Charity No: 225973

  Hallamshire Archaeological and Historical Association
Hallamshire Archaeological and Historical Association has been formed to deliver informative, quality adult education classes to those wanting to learn about British, European and World History from the Ancient period to the Modern Day.

The Associations lecturers have over 50 years of combined experience in teaching Adult Education, and the credentials to teach a wide range of topics across a multitude of periods. Please visit the website to view current and future courses that are being delivered or contact the association for more information.

There is a £20 enrolment fee - to cover expenses, such as room hire etc.
Then each class is charged at £6 per session - please note you only pay for the sessions you attend. This fee is to be paid on the day of the class. These prices are provided by Hallamshire Archaeological and Historical Association, please check them yourself for accuracy.

  Hallamshire Historic Buildings Society (HHBS)
Hallamshire Historic Buildings is a registered charity which campaigns to protect the architectural heritage in and around Sheffield and to promote interest in local architecture and history. The society holds six meetings per year with speakers on local topics of interest as well as summer excursions to places of historical interest.

Membership is £10 per year, including a paper copy of The Cruck newsletter (please check this price yourself for accuracy)

Charity No: 501651

  Hallamshire History
Hallamshire History is an education organisation specialising in providing historical talks, classes, trips and summer schools to a wide variety of people. We can address most areas of the arts, but specialise in history and archaeology from Biblical times, through to the present day.

We run many classes for older people throughout Sheffield, Rotherham and Chesterfield, as well as providing regular talks for various local organisations, and living history presentations to local schools.

Please contact for details or visit our website for our class timetables, and a brochure with services that we can provide.

Prices depend on the service required. Classes are £6 per class (with a £20 enrolment fee). Talks and presentations are normally £50 per hour, although discounts can be available for block or multiple bookings.

  Handsworth Historical Society
Handsworth Historical Society is a local history group which has produced 8 publications.

Meets at Handsworth Parish Centre, Handsworth Road, S13 (Monday).

Museum located at St Mary's Church, S13 (2nd Monday in the month).

  Heeley City Farm
Heeley City Farm is a wind and sun-powered city farm with rare breed and native farm animals, small animals petting area, vegetable gardens, the Farm kitchen - a vegetarian and vegan community cafι, an under 8's children's play area, a peat free garden centre, the South Yorkshire Energy Centre visitor centre (see separate entry), a reconstructed Iron Age Roundhouse, wildlife garden, pond and recycling bring bank facilities.

"Heeley City Farm identifies, confronts and addresses the problems of poverty, inequality, prejudice and lack of opportunity in our inner city community by supporting and promoting community regeneration and self help within environmentally friendly and self-sustaining systems, using the background of a mini-farm, community gardens and related resources."

The farm runs healthy eating workshops, manages Firth Park Community Allotment, an organic kitchen garden based at Wortley Hall Walled Garden (produce from which is used in the farms organic cafι) and 20 other local food growing gardens throughout Sheffield.

Heeley City Farm is a registered social enterprise charity and company limited by guarantee no 2141420

Charity No: 1111482

  Heeley History Workshop
Heeley History Workshop is open to anyone interested in the history and family history of Heeley. There is a small charge to cover the cost of room hire.

Meets in S2 (Monday).

  Heritage Shunters Trust
Heritage Shunters Trust restore and preserve locomotives and rolling stock with the intention of operating diesel-hauled tourist trains on the Peak Rail lines. Volunteers welcome. The trust organises various events including Diesel Galas in usually the Summer or Autumn.

Heritage Shunters Trust give guided tours our their building and locomotices and request that people buy a stocklist costing £2.50 in exchange for this service (this price is provided by Heritage Shunters Trust, please check it yourself for accuracy).

A registered charity.

Meetings are publicised in the group magazine.

Charity No: 702394

  Higginbottom, Mike
Mike Higginbottom is a freelance history lecturer with a background in university extramural education. He lectures for NADFAS on architectural history

His topics include:

• The Big Apple: the architecture of New York city
• Windy City: the architecture of Chicago
• St Pancras Station
• Liverpool's Heritage
• Manchester's Heritage
• Fun Palaces: the history & architecture of the entertainment industry
• Victorian Cemeteries
• Victorian Sewerage
• English Country Houses – not quite what they seem.

Fee charged.

  High Green Community Action Team
We are a small but enthusiastic group of local volunteers striving to work with the community to make High Green a better place to live.

Meets in S35 (Tuesday)

  Hillsborough and Owlerton Local History Group
Hillsborough and Owlerton Local History Group is a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation that aims to promote an interest in the local history of Sheffield, in particular Northern Sheffield and areas around Hillsborough and Owlerton. Membership is restricted to those aged 16 years and over, but younger people are welcome to attend meetings.

Membership is £14 per year. Non-members pay £2 per meeting.

Meets at Hillsborough Sports Arena, S6 (3rd Thursday in the month).

  Historical Association, Sheffield Branch
The Sheffield branch of the Historical Association is a registered charity which holds monthly lectures. Local excursions are run by the branch during the summer months.

Annual membership is £15 but there is no charge for occasional attendance at meetings.

Charity No: 313133

  Hunter Archaeological Society
Hunter Archaelogical Society is a registered charity which aims to promote interest in the archaeology and heritage of South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire. The society has a winter lecture programme, produces newsletters and organises summer visits to sites and excavations. The society also publishes papers on historical and archaeological topics.

In 2012, the society celebrated its centenary. With the help of an Heritage Lottery Fund grant, the society held a conference and dinner, put on two exhibitions and published a special issue of the transactions, dug with 7 primary schools and restored Joseph Hunter's grave at Ecclesfield.

It costs £15 to join the society (a donation is asked of non-members at meetings).

Meets in S11 (Friday) and S3 (Tuesday).

Charity No: 213921

  Indiaman Magazine, The
The Indiaman Magazine was founded in 1995. The organisation has an archive and computer database of ancestors who were in India. All donations of photographs or other items are accepted. Subscribers in 25 countries.

  John Brights Regiment of Foote
John Bright's Regiment of Foote is part of the English Civil War Society, with a programme of events held through the year.

  Kelham Island Museum
Kelham Island Museum brings the industrial past to life, up to the present day. Also includes a children's area. Organises a Victorian Christmas Market in December.

Opening days at the museum on Alma Street, S3 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday).

Prices: £4 adults, £3 concessions, children under 16 free.

Charity No: 1042287

  Knights in Battle Medieval Society
Knights in Battle Medieval Society is a medieval re-enactment group which portrays the 13th and 15th centuries. The society performs living history shows and battle re-enactments at various sites throughout the summer. Weekly indoor combat training.

Particular interests are medieval cookery and combat. Available for hire for shows, weddings etc. All welcome, although only those aged 8 years and over can learn medieval combat techniques, and those aged 15 years and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Meets in S11 (Wednesday).

  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Society, The
The Railway Society collects information about the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, which is published in the magazine or journal for the benefit of modellers and historians. The group has an archive of thousands of photographs, drawings and data relating to the railway.

Meetings are published in the society magazine.

Charity No: 1098492

  Local Studies Library
Part of Sheffield Libraries, Archives and Information. Collects, preserves and makes accessible printed material on all aspects of life in Sheffield and the surrounding area, past and present. Includes newspapers and press cuttings, maps, photographs and illustrations, printed ephemera, census and other statistics, voters lists, sound recordings, DVD and videos.

Facilities include photocopier, microfilm/microfiche reader/printers (bookable), Picture Sheffield digital picture system, VHS/DVD video viewing facilities and digital copying service. Picture Sheffield also available to search on internet (

• Local History Events are listed on the website
• Latest News is listed on

In association with Sheffield Archives talks and events available on local and family history and introduction to using the library.

Provides 5 People's Network computers with Internet access, free access to website, available for public use.

  Mormon Church Family History Centre
Resource centre for genealogists. Holds St Catherine's Index to 1983 and Sheffield Census records from 1841-1911 and GRO records until 1983. Most records are available on computer or microfilm. Has free access to Find my Past and Ancestry online. Other records are available on application including parish and military records, ancestoral files, International Geneaology Index. Also offers an order service.

  Moss Valley Agricultural Preservation Society
Moss Valley Agricultural Preservation Society works to preserve and restore all aspects of the agricultural heritage of the Moss Valley. Most members specialise in tractors, barn engines and vehicles. Meetings normally involve a guest speaker, DVD or film show. The society also organises 2 rallies each year as well as outings to places of interest.

Meets in S20 (2nd Tuesday in the month).

  Museum Sheffield Weston Park
Weston Park is a modern museum where visitors and not the stuffed animals are the most important creatures. There is plenty of interest for children and adults alike. Discover the story of Sheffield from its geological roots to the people, politics and music that shaped the modern city. With collections spanning from the historical Benty Grange Helmet to the visitors favorite, Snowy the polar bear, alongside a programme of changing exhibitions.

Facilities include cafe, shop, lockers and toilets. Please check website for current programme of events.

Museum Sheffield Weston Park is located in S10.

Charity No: 1068850

  Museums Sheffield
Museums Sheffield is an independent trust which operates the Graves Art Gallery, Millennium Gallery and Weston Park. A registered charity.
Charity No: 1068850

  Museums Sheffield Friends
The Friends Membership Scheme is designed for those who want to support arts and culture in Sheffield and have an interest in Sheffield's galleries and museums. Members receive a number of benefits, including seasonal newsletters, discount in the gallery shops and trips to other venues across the country.

Museums Sheffield is a registered charity and donations raised through Friends memberships support learning and exhibition programmes and help to care for Sheffield's visual and decorative art, social history and natural science collections.

Charity No: 1068850

  National Emergency Services Museum
Fire your imagination and explore, discover and learn about the worlds emergency services. The museum houses over 40 emergency service related vehicles spread across three floors of the Victorian combined Police, Fire and Ambulance Station on West Bar in the heart of Steel City Centre.

Take the time to explore the police cells, jump into police vehicles and get kitted up in the uniform used. Discover the vehicles, uniforms, equipment and more used by the fires services from all over the world and get hands-on with the interactive displays. Learn about the UK's Ambulance Service and climb on board the vehicles used. Relax in the coffee shop and take part of your day home by visiting the gift shop. There are loads of things to see and do at the National Emergency Services Museum for all the family.

Sessions are held on West Bar, S3 (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday).

Charity No: 515105

  National Fairground Archive
Inaugurated by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield in 1994, with support of the Showmen's Guild of Great Britain and the Fairground Association of Great Britain, the National Fairground Archive is a unique collection of material covering all aspects of the culture and history of travelling fairs and entertainment from the 1800's to the present day.

If you undertake your own research this is free of charge. If you require research to be done for you, the charge is £30 per half hour plus VAT.

Located at Western Bank Library, University of Sheffield, S10 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, by appointment ).

  National Trust Sheffield Association
The members of the local branch of the National Trust fundraise and carry out voluntary work for the association. Arranges social events, winter lectures, short holidays and summer visits to National Trust properties and other places of cultural and historic interest. Holds an annual lunch in March and a social event in October/November.

Meets in S1(Tuesday).

  North Yorkshire Moors Historical Railway Trust, South Yorkshire Area Group
The local branch of the Trust aims to arrange meetings and outings for people interested in the preservation of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Meetings open to non-members. Small charge of £2 per person (please check price for accuracy).

Meets in DN1 (Tuesday).

Charity No: 501388

  Norton History Group
Norton History Group is a research group covering the ancient parish of Norton.

  Norton Lees Local History Group
Norton Lees Local History Group holds regular meetings with talks and discussions about the Norton Lees area. Anyone is welcome to attend. No need to book, just turn up.

There is a charge of £2.50 per session to cover room hire, refreshments included (this price is provided by Norton Lees Local History Group, please check it yourself for accuracy).

Meets at St Pauls Church and Centre, S8 (2nd Tuesday in the month).

  Old Dronfield Society
Old Dronfield Society encourages research and recording of the history of Dronfield and its ancient parish which includes Apperknowle, Little Barlow, Coal Aston, Dronfield Woodhouse, Holmesfield and Unstone.

Speakers and topics at meetings are varied with contributions from Society members as well as lecturers from Derbyshire and Sheffield.
Conservation of surviving buildings and features of the town and area has been a major objective and the society carefully monitors any plans for re-development or alterations of old buildings.

Members are kept in touch with the Society's activities by a regular newsletter.

The Society has sponsored and contributed to publications about the history of the town and has a large collection of photographs. They are always interested in seeing and copying original material.

Meets at Peel Centre, High Street, S18 (4th Thursday in alternate months).

  Oral History Society
Oral History Society is a registered charity that offers advice and support regarding oral history techniques, the practicalities of interviewing, recording equipment, copyright, ethics and project outcomes.

Services are available to anyone involved in an oral history project or thinking about starting one. The society holds regular meetings and hosts an email distribution list for oral history news.

Charity No: 288805

  Parson Cross Community Development Forum
Parson Cross Community Development Forum is a community based organisation and a registered charity, which aims to improve the social welfare of the whole community and to improve the quality of life for local residents.

The forum seeks to ensure local people lead the regeneration process in their area and have access to high quality services including training, health and employment support. The forum also aims to integrate into the community marginalised, vulnerable and isolated people.

The forum operates 5 days a week and is a valuable asset for the community. It offers a range of services unavailable elsewhere in the locality such as photocopying, typing, emailing, scanning and faxing. The forum also provides and delivers training courses for individuals who are looking to gain employment including IT courses, Food Safety Level 2 and First Aid Level 2 (subject to funding).

The forum offers opportunities for the community to become healthier and more active by providing a range of classes aimed at changing lifestyle such as our Dementia Group – JABADAO, Chairobics, 50+ Activities, a Lunch Club, Women’s Only Health and Discussion Group, a Craft Group as well as our Multi Sports Club that includes badminton, boccia, table tennis.

Sessions are held at St Thomas More Church & Community Centre, Margetson Crescent, S5 9NB.

Company limited by guarantee: no 4626358.

Charity No: 1102741

  Peak Railway Association - Sheffield Branch
Peak Railway Association aims to reinstate the Matlock to Buxton line by supporting Peak Rail Plc. Members engage in fundraising and promotion as well as running the steam hauled railway service between Matlock and Rowsley. Volunteers are encouraged to help as drivers, firemen, guards, sales assistants, gardeners and engineers. Regular working parties are required for track laying and building refurbishment.

Please contact for membership details. Events include railway film shows "Railways Remembered", in November, December and May.

Meet at Nursery Street, S3 (Monday).

  Portland Works
The Portland Works project is a group of tenants and supporters, all volunteers, who have campaigned for the survival of one of Sheffield's great buildings by community purchase and social ownership. Portland Works, built in 1877, is one of the earliest surviving examples of an integrated metal trades complex. It is a Grade II* listed building, which in 1914 became the first place in the world to manufacture stainless steel cutlery.

The group now own the Works under a Community Benefit Society, supported by over 500 community shareholders. Their major task at present is to renovate the building.

The building continues to offer low-cost work space to small manufacturing businesses, independent artists, musicians and craftspeople.

Portland Works is located on Randall Street, S2.

  Ranmoor Society, The
The Ranmoor Society is involved with promoting matters of historic interest and an awareness of conservation issues. Members are also involved in creating the Ranmoor Archive - a collection of information and anecdotes about the residents of Ranmoor, Nether Green, Endcliffe and Hangingwater, which is now available as a book.

Meets at Ranmoor Parish Centre, S10 (third Tuesday of the month).

  Richard Lord Molyneuxs Company of Foote - The Sealed Knot
Civil war re-enactment society. Royalists Company of Foote. A registered charity.
Charity No: 263004

  Ridler, Janet - Speaker for meetings
Janet Ridler is Sheffield Cathedrals Heritage Officer and regularly visits groups and societies in Sheffield and beyond with informative, illustrated talks on the history and heritage of Sheffield and its Cathedral

Her talks include:
• Sheffield Cathedral: 900 years of Sheffield History in one Building
• A Century of History: Sheffield Cathedral and two World Wars

Ideal for retired groups, Local History Groups, Rotary, Probus, U3A, Womens Institute etc.

Talks can be held at your meeting places or at Sheffield Cathedral.

Fee negotiable depending on group size and travelling times, to cover costs and donation to the Cathedral.

  Sheffield and District Family History Society
Sheffield and District Family History Society aims to promote the study of genealogy, family history and local history in the area for the benefit and education of the public. The society has a library held at Sheffield Archives. The society organises outings and lectures regarding researching local and family history.

Meets at Cemetery Road Baptist Church, S11 (Monday).

  Sheffield and Rotherham Wargamers Club
Please see website for details.

  Sheffield Archives
Part of Sheffield Libraries, Archives and Information. Collects, preserves and lists records relating to Sheffield and South Yorkshire and makes them available for reference and research. Records include:
• personal documents such as letters and diaries
• registers
• minutes
• accounts
• deeds
• maps
• plans
and may be on parchment, paper, film, tape, photographs or computer disc.

Records include
• local government records
• local public records
• ecclesiastical records including parish registers
• census returns
• family and estate records including the Wentworth Woodhouse Muniments and the Arundel Castle Manuscripts
• a large collection of records from businesses, institutions and organisations
• letters
• diaries and personal papers of individuals such as Edward Carpenter, Mrs Gatty and David Blunkett
• maps mostly from the 18th and 19th century and some photographs including aerial photographs
• microfiche copies of the General Register Office indexes to births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales 1837-2001.

Free access to Copying facilities include photocopies, photographs and microfilms. There is a range of publications available. Service for group visits, talks, exhibitions and educational use, please contact for details. Also has a Conservation Unit with qualified conservators available to advise and work on archive/library material.

  Sheffield Cinema Society
Sheffeld Cinema Society holds an archive of photographs and arranges occasional meetings and outings to cinemas of interest. Open to all who have an interest in cinemas, particularly those in and around Sheffield.

The society has compiled and published a variety of material including:
• Sheffield Cinemas
• The Early Years of Cinema in Sheffield 1896-1911
• Sheffield Cinemas - Past and Present

  Sheffield Civic Trust
The Sheffield Civic Trust (SCT) is a non-political, charitable organisation. We aim to stimulate public debate about the process of reshaping the city of Sheffield. This will be a pivotal year for the new retail quarter - the biggest and most significant development for many years that will help shape our city for decades to come. The Trust has the opportunity to be central to public consultation on this and to bring informed debate to bear on the proposals. To do this it is crucial that we build our membership. Consequently, we are always keen to welcome both new members and our valued Corporate sponsors who help support, sustain and develop our activities.
Charity No: 1116700

  Sheffield Environment Weeks
Sheffield Environment Weeks is a month long programme of events put on by environmental and conservation groups throughout the city. The programme co-ordination and events are delivered solely by volunteers who are passionate about the local environment.

Events include guided walks, garden tours, conservation work days, wildlife spotting sessions and children's activities. Please visit the website for details of the Environment Weeks. The website also has a calendar of events, volunteering activities and contacts to use through out the year.

  Sheffield General Cemetery Trust, The (SGCT)
Sheffield General Cemetery Trust aims to protect the landscape, wildlife, architecture and monuments in the General Cemetery from neglect and vandalism and to develop a strategy of restoration, maintenance and conservation. An events programme includes talks and specialist tours on request. Volunteers are welcome. The trust also offers help researching family history.

The SGCT hosts over 30, free to attend, history, nature and craft events throughout the year.

Sessions are held at The Gatehouse, S11 (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday).

Charity No: 1103158

  Sheffield Historical Hospitals Group
Sheffield Historical Hospitals Group are a small group of volunteers who help to collect, catalogue and conserve the historical archives of the old Sheffield hospitals. Donations of photographs, artefacts, memorabilia or memories concerning all the old hospitals are very welcome.

  Sheffield History Tours
Ron Clayton gives guided walking tours about Sheffield history, including The Great Sheffield Flood Trail of 1864. There is a charge made. Please see website for details.

Ron is also a speaker for meetings, please see separate entry.

  Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust
Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust (SIMT) is an independent charitable trust funded by Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Hallam University. It has also received funding support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The trust manages Kelham Island Museum (see separate entry), Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet and the Shepherd Wheel on behalf of the Council. Organises an events programme each year, the main event being The Victorian Christmas Market at Kelham Island Museum in December.

Kelham Island is located in one of the city's oldest industrial districts and stands on a man-made island which is over 900 years old. Learn what it was like to live and work in Sheffield during the Industrial Revolution. Follow the growth of the steel city through the Victorian Era and two world wars to see how steelmaking forged the city of Sheffield. During school holidays there is a programme of children's activities at Kelham Island Museum.

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet offers a unique glimpse of life at home and at work at a rural scythe and steelworks dating back to the 18th century. Waterwheels, crucible steel furnaces, tilt hammers and workshops make up one of the largest water powered industrial complexes on Sheffield's River Sheaf. Offers a series of Living History family events between April and October.

Shepherd Wheel is set in parkland on a picturesque stretch of the River Porter, this water powered grinding wheel site dates back to 1584 and contains the tools of the trade for cutlery grinding. Please contact for further information about school education programmes.

Kelham Island Museum: £5.50 (adult), £4.50 (concessions), free (accompanied children U16), group booking rates and tours available.

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet: £4 (adult), £3 (concessions), free (accompanied children U16), group booking rates and tours available.

Shepherd Wheel : free (open only weekends and bank holiday Mondays). Please check these prices on enquiry.

Charity No: 1042287

  Sheffield Manor Lodge Discovery Centre
Sheffield Manor Lodge Discovery Centre is a purpose built education and visitors centre managed by Green Estate (see separate entry) and part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Manor Lodge estate is a Tudor site of significant historical interest where Mary Queen of Scots was held for 14 years.

The Discovery Centre produces exhibits which give an introduction to the rich heritage of Manor Lodge. Has interactive databases for visitors to explore historical artefacts, people and activity associated with the site. Has a community archive, resource library and texts related to the estate. The centre has an information and reception point staffed by volunteers who can assist visitors and provide tours of the site, as well as an experienced education team who can provide educational visit packages for school parties. The Manor Cottages offer visitors the chance to discover what life on a 1940 farm was like and findout what happened on the eve of the Sheffield Blitz.

The centre has an on site cafι and both the Discovery Centre,Turret House, Bramall Centre and Manor Cottages are available for hire for meetings and events (see separate entry). Registered charity and Company limited by guarantee no 4864374.

Prices: entrance to the site is free but the entrance to the Turret House is £3 per adult and children are free.

The Discovery Centre is located in S2.

Charity No: 1099954

  Sheffield Museums Society
Sheffield Museums Society lectures on subjects with museum connections.

Meets in S10 (last Tuesday in the month).

  Sheffield Steam and Vintage Club Limited
Sheffield Steam and Vintage Club is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to promote public interest in the preservation and operation of steam and vintage vehicles, machinery, tools and other historical items. The club organises monthly meetings and an annual rally which is usually held in the last week of June.

Meets at Monk's Bridge Farm, Dinnington, S25 (Tuesday).

  Sheffield Transport Study Group
Sheffield Transport Study Group is a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation which traces the history of transport and transport manufacturers in Sheffield.

Meets in S17.

  Sheffield University of The Third Age
University of the Third Age is a worldwide organisation open to all people who are not in gainful employment and in which they can develop together their experience and skills, share them and seek out new interests. The object is learning and recreation for their own sakes, with no degrees or awards and no qualifications for entry. A registered charity.

Areas covered include:
• arts and crafts
• bird watching
• card and board games
• discussion, philosophy and religion
• gardening
• history, including local and family history
• languages, including French, German, Italian, Latin, Modern & Ancient Greek, Portuguese and Spanish
• literature and drama, including novel, play and poetry reading, book groups and writing groups
• music, including opera, music appreciation and singing
• physical activities, including Arabic dancing, bowling, country dancing, croquet, keep fit, table tennis and tai chi
• science and technology, including environment, geology and natural history
• social clubs
• various walking groups covering different distances

Membership is £10 per year. Please contact for details.

Charity No: 703147

  Sheffield Young Archaeologists Club
For children and young people aged 8-16 years who are interested in archaeology. Children aged under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult. There may be limited places on some trips in which case children aged 8 years and over will have priority.

There is a £12 annual membership charge for the local club, and there is usually a charge for local activities of £3/3.50 per trip but trips using minibus / train will be more expensive.

  Shire Brook Valley Steering Group
Shire Brook Valley Steering Group is a strategic planning group for the Shire Brook Valley. Stakeholders include Sheffield City Council Planning & Development and Parks & Countryside, South Yorkshire Police and local conservation and heritage groups.

  Sir Thomas Fairfax Regiment
The Sir Thomas Fairfax Regiment is an English civil war re-enactment society based in Sheffield. The Army of Parliament Regiment are a Roundhead army that takes part in living history events and battle re-enactments. The society offers a warm welcome to anyone wishing to swell their ranks, keep history alive and raise money for charitable causes at the same time.

  South Yorkshire Archaeology Service
Advises on archaeological matters in the four South Yorkshire Districts. Holds the Sites and Monuments Records (SMR), which lists known archaeological sites. Events include South Yorkshire Archaeology Day in November.

Also responsible for South Yorkshire Historic Environment characterisation website, please see website for more information. Is a curatorial service and does not undertake fieldwork projects.

  South Yorkshire Industrial History Society (SYIHS)
South Yorkshire Industrial History Society is a registered charity which is involved in conservation of buildings linked with local trades, industrial history and archaeology of Sheffield and South Yorkshire. The society holds monthly lectures in winter and summer visits.

Meets in S3 (Monday).

Charity No: 506339

  South Yorkshire Trades Historical Trust Ltd
South Yorkshire Trades Historical Trust Ltd is the management body for the historic industrial sites owned by the South Yorkshire Industrial History Society.

In Sheffield: Bower Spring Furnace, Shalesmoor.
In Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council: Wortley Top Forge, Hoylandswaine Nail Forge and Rockley Furnace and Engine House.

A registered charity and company limited by guarantee no 4377417.

Charity No: 1093233

  South Yorkshire Transport Museum
South Yorkshire Transport Museum has a wide ranging collection of vehicles, transport related artefacts and archives. Also has a Heritage bus hire fleet including an open top bus. Holds an annual rally in September. A registered charity and company limited by guarantee no 3105760.

There is an admission charge, please contatc for details.

Sessions are held in S65 (Saturday and 2nd Sunday in the month).

Charity No: 1049895

  Southey Development Forum
Aims to benefit the community of Southey by bringing together statutory, voluntary and other organisations, aims to bring the concerns of the local community to the fore.

Southey Development Forum are now working in conjunction with Sheffield Libraries to keep Southey Library open and provide more facilities etc. We are all volunteers and always welcome new volunteers to join us. Please visit the website for more details or give us a call on 0114 2853093.

These concerns include education, training, unemployment, children’s activities and providing facilities to tackle the social and economic problems of the area.

The forum has a Learning Suite so that public can email, contact friends and family, shop online or find out information about hobbies/interests etc. Staff can help you set up an email address, scan documents, print your photos, upload your CV to job search sites, or apply for jobs online. It also runs courses in Key Skills E1 to Level 2 Maths and English delivered by Sheffield College and WEA. Other groups also available offer arts and crafts group, Knit & Natter, genealogy course, confidence building, photography, flower arranging, SOD IT etc. Southey Development Forum is also a UK On-line centre which enables us to provide free sessions which include learning to use different internet services safely.

Printing 10p per sheet for A4 black and white.
25p per sheet (colour)

Services also include:
- Public Computer Use/Internet Use
- Scan
- Fax
- Newsletters
- Room Hire
- Photocopying

Sessions are held at the Community Room, Southey Library, S5 8RB (Monday-Thursday).

  Southey Development Forum (SDF) - UK Online Centre
Southey Development Forum is a registered UK Online centre. Delivers IT training covering internet, keyboard, mouse etc in modules with certification.

Training includes:
• English and Maths delivered by Sheffield College, WEA and Sheaf Training
• Introduction to PC
• Word Processing level 1 & 2
• Digital Imaging level 1 & 2
• Photography level 1 & 2
• Desk-top publishing level 1 & 2
• SERIF and others level 1 & 2
• Introduction level to level 3 NOCN delivered by LLSS
• Arts and crafts group
• Genealogy, non-accredited

Also offers:
• drop-in sessions - CVs
• jobsearch
• SODIT (depression support group)
• photocopying facilities
• young people's activities

All staff and volunteers are enhanced CRB checked and have First Aid certificates.

  Stannington Local History Group
Stannington Local History Group arranges speakers and outings.

Meets at Lomas Hall, S6 (Thursday).

  Stocksbridge and District History Society
Stocksbridge and District History Society is a group for those interested in local history which meets monthly with speakers, discussions and visits. An archive of materials is held at Stocksbridge Library which is available for viewing during library opening times under the supervision of library staff. This information is also available on the website. The society holds a Christmas Carol Supper in December and organises an outing to a place of historical interest in July.

Meets in S36 (2nd Thursday in the month).

  Time Travellers Archaeology Group, The
The Time Travellers are a group of local people who share a common interest and enthusiasm for archaeology through a variety of activities, visits and research. Members are all amateurs, varying from Time Team fans to enthusiastic trowel detectives.

The group has its own programme of events and works actively in support of professional excavations, providing a news service of interesting events and activities in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire.
The Time Travellers Archaeology Group are associate members of the Council for British Archaeology.

Membership is open to anyone aged 18 years or over, there is an annual membership fee of £10. All group activities and events are open to all but there is a small fee of £2 per event for non members.

  Totley History Group
Totley History Group has speakers and outings on a regular basis. Members are also encouraged to do research on the local area's history.

Meets in S17 (usually 4th Wednesday in the month).

  Tramway Museum Society
Mr Benton is the local area organiser for the Tramway Museum Society which owns and operates exhibits at the National Tramway Museum, Crich, Matlock. Membership of the society gives concessions at the museum. A registered charity.
Charity No: 313615

  Turner Museum of Glass
Collection of over 400 pieces of 20th century and contemporary glass produced by studio and commercial glassmakers. The collection was originally started by Prof W E S Turner. Entry to the museum is free of charge.

Sessions are accessed via Portobello Street, S1 (Monday-Friday).

  Victorian Society, The
The Victorian Society is a registered charity which is responsible for the study and protection of Victorian and Edwardian architecture and other arts. The local group campaigns to protect local buildings of architectural or historical interest. The society has a winter programme of evening talks, open to non-members and a summer programme of visits in and around South Yorkshire and beyond.

Meets in S1.

Charity No: 1081435

  Western Front Association (WFA) - Chesterfield Branch
Western Front Association is a registered charity formed with the aim of furthering interest in The Great War of 1914-1918. Aims to perpetuate the memory, courage and comradeship of all those on all sides who served their countries in France, Flanders and their own countries during The Great War. Has branches all over the UK and abroad. Organises meetings with speakers presenting on various aspects of WWI.

Meetings held at Chesterfield Labour Club, Saltergate, Chesterfield, S40 (1st Tuesday in the month).

Charity No: 298365

  Weston Park Weather Station
Weston Park Weather Station provides a meteorological service to the public, including daily weather records. It keeps weather archives from 1882 and provides a telephone service for members of the public needing information to set weather barometers. It has an interactive database for visitors to use in the Weston Park Museum foyer.

May be a small charge for commercial enquiries or those relating to insurance claims.

  Woodhouse Washlands Supporters Group
Woodhouse Washlands Supporters Group works to support and help manage the Woodhouse Washlands, a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve. The group organises various events, guided walks and practical working days in conjunction with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Everyone welcome.

  Yorkshire Dialect Society
Yorkshire Dialect Society is a voluntary society which exists to record, preserve and encourage research into the speech variations of the historic former Ridings (East, North and West) of Yorkshire.

Membership is worldwide and anyone aged over 16 years is welcome. Members receive two publications a year: the Summer Bulletin, which presents dialect prose and verse written by members or from traditional sources, and 'Transactions', which is a more academically-oriented publication. Membership fees apply. Holds a "Christmas Crack" in York in December, plus up to 3 regional meetings per year at different locations within the historic county.

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