South Yorkshire Group events

Forthcoming events Jan to May 2020

NOTE EARLIER START TIME - We have had to start our meetings earlier than in previous years because of a change in the rules at the Friends' Meeting House. Our indoor meetings are held at the Friends' Meeting House, 10 St James Street, Sheffield S1 2EW. Doors open at 6.45pm and the meeting starts at 7.15pm (unless a different time is noted below). Admission costs £4.50, including tea or coffee and biscuit, and all are welcome. Parking is available in the street in front or nearby, and there are two disabled bays immediately in front of the building. Please note you have to pay for parking until 8.30pm.

Thursday 9 January: Our planned speaker had unfortunately to withdraw, so Valerie Bayliss will speak on Charles Dickens' visits to Sheffield. Who knows how many times he came here? You may be surprised at the answer.

Thursday 6 February: Sheffield’s Victorian Architecture. A talk by J Robin Hughes. Robin has researched extensively the development of the Victorian city centre and especially the planned development, by the then Town Council, of the area around Pinstone Street much of which is now subject to major alteration as part of the Heart of the City Programme.

Thursday 5 March: Benjamin Creswick, Walkley’s working class hero. A talk by Simon Ogden on one of John Ruskin’s Sheffield discoveries. Creswick (1853-1946) was a knife grinder who had an interesting career as a sculptor and became an influential figure in the Arts and Crafts movement.

Thursday 14 May: S Yorks Group AGM, and a talk by Penny Rea on Mary Ann Rawson - Wincobank resident and a major figure in the anti-slavery movement in Sheffield. Note earlier start time of 7pm, with the talk after the AGM. Please note that attendance at the AGM is free but the normal admission charge is payable for the talk.