South Yorkshire Group Events

SUMMER 2023.


Disclaimer: You participate in events at your own risk and neither the Society nor its officers or servants accepts any liability of any kind whatsoever, howsoever arising.

The Victorian Society reserves the right to cancel, alter or postpone events if necessary.

Talks in the 2023/24 Winter programme

Talks take place at Showroom 5, Paternoster Row, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 2BX Doors open 7pm, Start time is 7.30pm prompt, unless otherwise specified. Showroom 5 is fully accessible and there is disabled parking available on Paternoster Row. Access to Showroom5 is through the cafe and into the cinema foyer at the far left corner. The venue is a few minutes from Pond St Bus Station & the Midland Station for trains.

Entrance is open to members & non-members and costs £5.
To book a place for the new programme of talks you can just turn up on the night, use Eventbrite via the links below, or Email via [email protected]

Tuesday 5th December 2023 – Sheffield, The Home of Football – Dr. John P. Wilson - In the north of England in the 19th Century life was tough and the need for work drove people to the towns. Industry provided work and drove the economy that sent a flood of pink ink across the globe. Sport created the discipline needed to maintain the arrogance of empire. Victorian organisation provided the need for structures, strictures and codification. Cricketing gentlemen were looking for a winter sport to keep the blood flowing during the cold, damp winters.

Join us for our last evening session before Christmas for this fun quiz to learn how Sheffield helped to kick off a gloBALL phenomenon. Don’t worry if you’re not that interested in football - this is more than just about chasing after a ball!. We will be getting a fascinating insight into Victorian Culture that remains important to Sheffielders today.

Dr John P. Wilson works at the University of Sheffield and is a trustee of Sheffield Home of Football. He is a qualified football coach and referee and has written widely on the topic.

Open to All - Charge £5

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Tuesday 6th February 2024 – Professor Turner’s Glass Legacy – John Parker – Glass Technology worldwide owes a significant debt to Prof W.E.S.Turner. He was born in 1882 to a working class family and suffered from Polio as a child but nevertheless went on to be a successful academic who created the first University Department focussed on Glass in 1915. This was a time when rapid changes were taking place in many areas of industry but specifically we will look at: the making of sheet glass for windows, containers for preserving foodstuffs, tableware to grace the Victorian dining room and scientific glassware to better understand the environment.

The talk by Professor John Parker, Curator of the Turner Museum of Glass at the University of Cambridge, will focus on Turner’s role and the legacy he created, including the museum he left behind.

Open to All - Charge £5

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Tuesday 5th March 2024 – Sheffield Workhouse - From Pauper Palace to Regional General Hospital - Mary Garside. We look at how the workhouse was built in the late 1800s to accommodate those who were unable or ‘unwilling' to work and how the buildings changed over time to care for the sick and infirm until becoming a Regional General Hospital.

Mary Garside is a member of Sheffield Hospitals History Group which aims to preserve the history of Sheffield’s hospitals through preserving and sharing artefacts, photographs and memorabilia. Having trained as a nurse and midwife at the Northern General Hospital Mary later worked as a health visitor in Sheffield. Mary has always been interested in local history, particularly the lives and experiences of those who have used the services of, or worked in, Sheffield's hospitals.

Open to All - Charge £5

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Information for our final talk will be coming soon.

Tuesday 16th April – Ernest George and large country houses – Hilary Grainger - Open to All Charge £5 - Book Here