Heritage Open Days 2020 at and around Walkley Library, September 11th- 20th.


Online Events - Walkley Carnegie Library

Several of these took place as part of the recent development phase of the National Lottery Heritage Fund Enterprise grant.

Walkley Vision: What If Walkley?

In 2019 Walkley Carnegie Library, in collaboration with Fir Street Community Centre participated in the Sheffield School of Architecture’s Live Project, looking at the future of both of these organisations and the businesses on South Road and surrounding streets. This involved research on the history of Walkley and recommendations for new incentives. A number of consultation events took place and extracts can be seen in the following videos.

Project Presentation film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8jP1Lcgd8o

Event at Walkley Community Centre, Fir Street: https://digitalmedia.sheffield.ac.uk/media/What+If+WalkleyF/1_u17n6gqg

Walkley Community Centre website http://www.walkleycommunitycentre.org/

Links with John Ruskin

Between 2014 and 2019 Walkley Carnegie Library took part in Ruskin in Walkley and Ruskin in Sheffield including the “Seeing Beauty, Inspiring Minds Art and Writing workshops at the library and on South Road”. This was sponsored by Arts Council England and supported by the Guild of St George.

The video below explains the importance of John Ruskin’s legacy and his links with Sheffield and shows snippets from Ruskin in Sheffield.


The Walkley Victorian History Mystery Trail and Victorian Walkley

The trail was devised by the Walkley Historians for the 2019 Walkley Victorian Fair. Full details of the Trail can be found on this site and the route map and tick off sheet of relevant Walkley Victorian buildings can be downloaded. Alternatively the sheet can be collected at the library entrance during opening times.

The trail is based on the fictional theft of John Ruskin’s painting “Withered Oak Leaves” from the St George’s Museum on Bole Hill Road. Who carried out the crime? The answer will be available after Heritage Open Days. The walk takes around an hour and a half and involves some hills; what a surprise!

The Walkley Historians also produced a book “Victorian Walkley”


Note: If undertaking this walk please observe the latest COVID 19 restrictions.

In Our day. Dementia Innovation Project and Book

The Walkley Library “In Our Day Project” ran throughout 2019, working with care homes across the city. We held reminiscence sessions with local people with dementia and their carers, wrote poems together, and interviewed people about the important times in their lives, capturing memories of places, people and historical events and encouraging people to share their memories over a cup of tea.

The project culminated in a book of poems, interviews and photographs which was distributed to care homes that had participated in the project. Walkley library has copies in its Blue Sticker collection, and the book will soon be also available at the other local libraries.

For further information of the project or how to purchase a copy, please visit the website: https://inourday.org/

The poetry also featured in Walkley Library’s Off the Shelf Fringe Event Walkley Wordsmiths at the community centre: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsJUei9mBq0

CHOL Theatre Company

Walkley Library should have been hosting drama workshops again with CHOL this summer, after last year’s trial run. Due to the lockdown, we can bring you instead their recent on-line performance of “Made in Huddersfield” about the clothing industry, past and present:


For further details on CHOL: https://wearechol.co.uk/

Drain Spotting Walks

Drain Spotting- A guide to Sheffield pavement features (Walkley to Broomhill) with Calvin Payne. From Walkley Library Steps:

Friday 11th Sept. 17.30-19.00

Friday 18th 11.00-12.30

Further details from Heritage Open Days: https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting

Booking essential. Contact: hiddensheffieldwalks@outlook.com