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History talks at Sheffield Central Library

New events now added

Monday 13th April 1.00pm – 2.00pm
Sheffield in the Great War with Tim Lynch

Tim Lynch explores WW1 through the experiences of local families left behind as the men marched away. From transvestite spies to ‘Gorgeous Wrecks’, drunken mules to gardening elephants, canaries to Zeppelins, this is the forgotten story of a time when feeding a slice of bread to a duck could land you with the same prison sentence as dealing cocaine and left us a legacy of lipstick – and knickers!

Thursday 16th April 1.00pm – 2.00pm
Sheffield at the Pictures with Mike Higginbottom FULLY BOOKED
At the start of World War II there were 52 cinemas operating in Sheffield. Two more opened after the war. The very last of them closed in 1988, just as the first of the modern multiplex cinemas were opening across the city. Mike Higginbottom has surveyed the surviving cinema buildings within the old city boundary and will talk about Sheffield’s remaining cinema heritage, including some surprising survivals.

Tuesday 28th April 1.00pm – 2.00pm
A History of Sheffield’s Far East: Tinsley from 1293 with Sally Rogers
Forgotten battles, lost manor houses and iconic cooling towers. Learn about the varied and fascinating history of Tinsley from the middle ages to the present day. A talk by Sally Rogers, Community Heritage Manager at Heeley City Farm.

Thursday 30th April 1.00pm – 2.00pm
Snapshots in Time: The Changing Maps of Sheffield with Mike Spick
Exploring the wonderful collections of maps available to study at Sheffield City Archives and the Local Studies Library. From the sumptuously coloured county maps of the 18th century to the Ordnance Survey maps of the industrial revolution and present day. A rich visual journey through the growth of Sheffield during the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Friday 1st May 12.15pm – 1.15pm
The Story of JG Graves
PhD student, Rachael Richardson, has been researching the business and civic activities of this prominent and remarkable local figure. An exhibition detailing Rachael’s research will also run from the 1st – 28th May 2015 in the Local Studies Library.

Friday 22nd May 10.30am-11.30am
Hearts of Oak: The Oak in History, Legend and Natural History with Patrick Harding From dryads to druids, Robin Hood to Birnam Wood, buildings, battleships, coopers, and charcoal. Bats, beefsteaks, cow wheat and celandine. Kate Moss and Spike Milligan – something for all.

Tuesday 16th June 1.00pm – 2.00pm
Voyage into Britain with Mike Spick

Join Mike for an insight into the hidden world of our canals, touching on their history, geography and architecture. An introduction to the 2,500 miles of canals and navigable rivers that criss-cross the country. The secret green corridors into our towns and cities.

How to book a place

All talks will take place in the Sheffield Central Library Carpenter Room.

Places are FREE but must be booked
telephone – 0114 273 4712
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