Thursday, 16 October 2014

Learning with Heritage Launches

Rotherham and Sheffield have some fantastic heritage sites and a wide range of fun and engaging education activities for schools to go with them. We are excited to be working with Museums Sheffield, Rotherham Heritage Services and Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust to offer teachers a one stop shop for finding out about heritage education in the local area. Whether children are studying Egyptians, Romans, Tudors, Victorians or anything in between, we’ve probably got it covered.

Last week we launched the Learning with Heritage project at the ESCAL conference, presenting our education offer to teachers and giving them a sample of our activities. Teacher’s got to hear the story Ironie, embalm an Egyptian mummy, swing a Roman sword and make Tudor lavender bags as well as being provided with one of our wall charts – a way to see at a glance the education sessions.


If you would like one of our Learning with Heritage wall charts then please email our Education Officer at

More about each site and the education sessions we offer can be found on the Learning with Heritage leaflet or by visiting out websites:

Rotherham Heritage Services:

Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust:

Sheffield Manor Lodge:

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Herritage Open Weekend

Well last weekend was a huge success! Thank you to everyone that made it all possible, on the Saturday we held our third annual Field to Feast Festival which was as amazing as ever and on the Sunday, a brand new event for us, a charity Fun Dog Show in aid of local rescue Rain Rescue.

On the Saturday we were able to finally invite people to explore our 1940's cottages which are now well on the way to being finished and properly open to the public. We were so excited to share with our visitors what we've been working on over the past year and we had a great turn out too!

Sunday was a tremendous success with hundreds of new visitors coming to site to enjoy the dog show, support a fabulous charity and discover Sheffield Manor Lodge, we hope you all enjoyed the weekend and that you come soon!

Here are some snaps of the day, to see more please visit our facebook page

Field to Feast photos by Christ Senior

Dog Show Photos by Ellie Grace Photography

Thursday, 28 August 2014

From Saturday Kick-about to Cup Final

Back in the summer, Dominic Parker from the Wybourn Estate was part of the Sheffield United team that brought the national ‘Kicks’ competition trophy to Sheffield for the first time ever. On the day of the competition, 15-year old Dominic was goalie and a crucial save in the closing stages of the final kept the Sheffield united team on top of the game. The team had journeyed all the way to Birmingham early one Sunday morning to overcome Aston Villa 3-2 and become the 2014 Champions.
Every Saturday you can find Dominic practicing his skills on one or other of the Sheffield Manor Lodge fields. Supported by Babs (Babajide Adebola) from Sheffield United Community Foundation we’ve seen a bunch of local young people come together and really improve their sporting skills, team work and positive attitude. For a while, Babs has been scouting the young talent at the Sheffield Manor Lodge sessions (in my opinion there are a number of very good players - both United and Wednesday supporters) and he had no hesitation offering Dominic a place on the winning team put together from neighbourhood projects across the city.
Last week Dominic came to me and asked if he can continue leading the Saturday coaching sessions for juniors that he’s been delivering purely on his own initiative as a young volunteer throughout the summer. The answer was a straight yes!
So, if you know a 6 -11 year old (boy or girl) who wants to develop their football skills in a relaxed and supportive setting then get in touch with us or just turn up on the day. Find us at the Discovery Centre and we’ll introduce you to Dom and his class of future cup winners! Sessions run every Saturday 11.00am – 1.00pm with a follow-up seniors’ session coached by Babs 1.00 – 3.00pm.
Credit to the young people. Credit to Babs for nurturing the team spirit. Up the Manor Lodgers!

Jon Bradley
Discovery and Access Manager

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Our First Ever Wedding!!!

On Monday, the first couple EVER (Sarah & David) tied the knot officially at Sheffield Manor Lodge!

We were all so excited to host our very first wedding and we're hoping there will be many more to come. Many congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs Clover!

For information on getting married at Manor Lodge click here

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Sheffield Food Festival

Over the bank holiday weekend we've been hard at work down in Sheffield City Centre as part of the Food Festival.

It rained like crazy on Saturday and Sunday but that didn't dampen our Blitz spirit! The Green Estate Team were out in force with our 1940's wartime garden and kitchen, with Tony from the Rhubarb Shed providing the mobile canteen. Big Lad was there meeting & greeting as well as lots of other wartime goodness!

We were all decked out in 1940's style ready for our week of 1940's fun and games THIS WEEK for half term up at the discovery centre! If you picked up a ration book from our stall at the weekend, bring it up this week to get 1 weeks worth of sweetie rations for FREE!

The Discovery Centre is open from 10:30 - 2:30 Tuesday to Friday this week, (later on Saturday) with lots of wartime games and activities, children £3 adults free.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Hands on our Heritage Conference at the Community History Research Room!

A big thank you to all our attendees who came to the launch of the Community History Research Room on Saturday 10th May here at Manor Lodge. We held a conference around the question ‘Is Sheffield’s Heritage in Crisis?’ and, as you can imagine, we had a variety of ideas around the subject!
After hearing presentations from John Hamshere from the Cultural Consortium and Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust, Richard Motley from Integreat Plus, Sam Smith from the South Yorkshire Through Time Project and Brian Holmshaw from the Regather cooperative, we had a roundtable discussion on the issue. While the recession and austerity have created increasingly difficult conditions for heritage groups and sites in Sheffield, there is still a lot of grassroots support for community history projects, which go to make up the thriving civic and social landscape of the city. 

A full set of notes on the roundtable discussion will be made available soon, elaborating on these issues (once I’ve finished writing them up!) and there is the possibility that there will be more meetings based around creating a vision for steering the future of heritage planning in Sheffield.

About the Community History Research Room.

The CHRR has a reference library of local history books and helpful how-to guides to help any individuals or local heritage researchers with their work. Sarah, the Access to History officer, will be on site on Saturdays for face-to-face advice on all things heritage. Saturday is also family day at the Community Heritage Research Room, with an exciting activity to take part in each week, which will use the objects, pictures and maps in our collections. Handle objects people used to have in their homes and shops, see what Sheffield looked like in the past and how it has changed, and learn about creating your own archive of memories!

Check the Manor Lodge events page for details of when the CHRR will be open to the public on Saturdays.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Sheffield Food Festival is nearly here

Once again this year we'll be taking part in Sheffield Food Festival. Last year was such a huge success and we're hoping that this year will be even better!

Sheffield Hallam Students have made this short film about us in the run up to the Festival...

We hope to see lots of you there at the Food Festival on the 24th & 25th May, we'll be outside the Town Hall!