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Autumn Fayre

Category: Previous Events Published on 21 September 2017 admin
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Bishops' House Autumn Fayre is back on 7th and 8th October 2017!

Come along to meet Knights in Battle- real life knights and watch them battling. There will be stalls with local produce and crafts plus face painting and music. Food and drink will be available including delicious pizzas, cakes and a barista coffee van.

The Fayre is just £2 entry and children are free (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Saturday 7th October
11:00 Knights in Battle (http://www.knightsinbattle.com/)
14:00 Carfield Choir (http://www.carfieldcommunitychoir.co.uk/)
15:00 Knights in Battle 

Sunday 8th October
10:00 Sheffield Bagpipers
11:00 Knights in Battle 
14:00 Knights in Battle 

Derek Taylor will be performing historical music on the lute and recorder throughout both days.

All Day Knights in Battle will be in the house to talk about their armour, weapons and to bring medieval history to life.

Getting the dates right

Category: Previous Events Published on 09 September 2017 admin
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Getting the dates right - Tree-ring dating Bishops' House - 1pm Sunday 10th September 2017

How old is Bishops' House?  We thought we had a good idea, but the more Ken Dash, our resident local historian, mulled over the structure of the house, the more he began to wonder if the research done in the 1970s had given us the right answers.  

With listed building consent in place we commissioned tree ring dating experts to remove samples of wood and get us the facts.  Using the latest scientific methods of tree-ring dating (called dendrochronology) we got some very clear (and surprising!) answers. It is fair to say our understanding of the age of Bishops' House and the sequence of its construction has been transformed.

On Sunday  10th Sept at 1pm,  as part of Heritage Open Days, we we will have Robert Howard, from Nottingham Tree-ring Dating Laboratory, at Bishops' House with the first opportunity for the members of the public to find out the news that surprised us, first hand from the experts. Robert will be giving a short talk at 1pm and shall be around on Sunday afternoon until 3pm for anyone that would like a chat.  We hope to see you there.  

We will also have guided tours at 11.30am and 2.30pm.   All these activities will be free but do come along early as we have only limited space.  There will be more information online very soon about the findings of the study.

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Henry Normal

Category: Previous Events Published on 04 September 2017 Nick Robinson
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Saturday September 30th 2017 7.30pm

We are delighted to announce a one-off date by Henry Normal: a writer, poet, TV and film producer, founder of the Manchester Poetry Festival (now the Manchester Literature Festival) and co-founder of the Nottingham Poetry Festival. In June 2017 he was honoured with a special BAFTA for services to television.

Henry co-wrote and script edited the multi-award winning Mrs Merton Show and the spin-off series Mrs Merton and Malcolm. He also co-created and co-wrote the first series of The Royle Family. With Steve Coogan, he co-wrote the BAFTA-winning Paul and Pauline Calf Video Diaries, Coogan's Run, Tony Ferrino, Doctor Terrible, all of Steve's live tours, and the film The Parole Officer. Setting up Baby Cow Productions Ltd in 1999, Henry Executive Produced all, and script edited many, of the shows of its seventeen and a half year output during his tenure as MD. Highlights of the Baby Cow output during this time include Oscar-nominated Philomena, I Believe in Miracles, Gavin and Stacey, Moone Boy, The Mighty Boosh, Marion and Geoff, Red Dwarf, Uncle, Nighty Night, Hunderby, Camping and Alan Partridge. Since retiring in April 2016, Henry has written and performed two BBC Radio 4 shows, A Normal Family and A Normal Life, combining comedy, poetry and stories about bringing up his autistic son.

Born in St Annes, Nottingham, Henry now lives in Brighton with his wife, the screenwriter, Angela Pell, and their son, Johnny. He was recently given a Honorary Doctorate of letters by Nottingham Trent University and has had a beer named after him in his home city.

Henry will be doing 2 sets with a break between. Doors open 7pm for a 8pm start.

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Think Water: Storytelling for the future of Sheffield

Category: Previous Events Published on 26 July 2017 Nick Robinson
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Saturday 16 September 10:30 – 15:30

Do you have an interest in arts, nature, or the natural environment of Sheffield? During a half-day workshop around Meersbrook Park you will have a chance to find out about water-related issues in Sheffield. We will take you on a walk from the River Sheaf, through Meersbrook Park towards Bishops' House, to share a historical perspective of Sheffield's water resources and the relationship between water and plant life. In the afternoon session, we hope you will contribute to a storytelling workshop and tell us about your memories of past droughts, and help us to discover how you think we could manage Sheffield's water resources in the future. Sharron Kraus, a Sheffield-based singer/song-writer will give a musical performance inspired by the themes emerging from engagement with our research.

The event will begin with tea and coffee at the Hardy Pick Pub (parking is available at 10:30am and at 11.00 am the group will set of to walk to the River Sheaf. A free lunch will be provided (for registered participants) at Bishops' House at 1pm, where the storytelling will take place. The event will end at 3:30pm.

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Flowing through Time: Sheffield’s River Don

Category: Previous Events Published on 25 July 2017 Nick Robinson
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Monday 6 November 19:30 - 21:00

Rising on the moors to the north-west of Sheffield and flowing over 70 miles before merging with the waters of the Ouse at Goole, this is the river that has shaped Sheffield’s history. The Don has in turn been moulded and transformed by the demands placed upon it. Supplying water-power to literally turn the wheels of industry and becoming Sheffield’s transport route to the sea, the very nature of the river has been altered over centuries. 

Following the course of the Don, this presentation by Mike Spick highlights sights and places that have survived these many changes and those which are now just memories.

 

Owl Light Trio

Category: Previous Events Published on 25 July 2017 Nick Robinson
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Saturday 14 October at 19:30–22:30

After a spellbinding night of music at Bishops House earlier this year, Owl Light Trio make a welcome return. If you caught them first time around, you will probably want to come back for a second helping. If you missed them last time, now's your chance!

Owl Light Trio hail from Oxford and play feral folk music on concertina (Jim Penny), fiddle (Jane Griffiths) and guitar (Colin Fletcher). Jim, Jane and Colin all have deep roots in traditional music and share a passion for tunes from northern Europe, particularly those from Ireland and Brittany, and they draw upon their combined experience and influences to produce spell-binding arrangements. As the instrumental core of Telling the Bees, they have performed at folk festivals throughout the country, among them Sidmouth, Moseley, and Priddy. Jim has toured all over Europe with renowned French dance band Red Dog Green Dog, Jane has played and recorded with numerous artists, including Maddy Prior, and Colin has performed extensively with Nancy Kerr and Tim van Eyken.

http://www.owllighttrio.com/

Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start.

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The Story of Annie Bindon Carter’s Painted Fabrics

Category: Previous Events Published on 25 July 2017 Nick Robinson
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Wednesday 4 October 19:3021:00

Malcolm Leary would like to explain how he came to write his recent book “Painted with Pride” and share what the process of researching, writing and publishing has meant to him. He will finish with the question “What might the inspiring story of Painted Fabrics and Annie Bindon Carter mean to us all in terms of a meaningful legacy?”

Free admission, contributions always welcomed

The Bear's Son: Tales of Hidden Bulgaria

Category: Previous Events Published on 24 July 2017 Nick Robinson
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Wednesday 20 September 19:3022:00

Beyond nine green forests, in the borderlands between the wild and the civilised, lies a world of man-bears, deer-women and dog-headed people. Fate and fortune twist and turn as a wife runs wild, a girl falls under a dragon's spell, and a hero searches for his true nature.

“The Bear’s Son” harkens back to a time when people turned from hunting to farming but still walked in the way of animal powers. Interweaving storytelling, ritual and evocative music, A Spell In Time presents earth-stirring tales of transformation from the wild and wonderful heart of Bulgarian myth and folklore.

A Spell In Time is an acclaimed British-Bulgarian storytelling company that brings the power and magic of Bulgaria’s myths and folk tales to UK audiences for the first time. The Company has toured both nationally and internationally, and makes a welcome return visit to Sheffield. Performers are: Moni Sheehan, storyteller, and Ivor Davies, musician.

“Glorious storytelling and music… the stars, the moon and the lamp-posts leaned down to listen” Nell Phoenix, StoryNight at Torriano

Tickets: £6 in advance; £7 on the door. Includes a soft drink. Bring your own bottle for anything stronger.

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The Magical De Lyles of Sheffield

Category: Previous Events Published on 24 July 2017 Nick Robinson
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Saturday 16 September at 19:3021:00

Professor De Lyle, whose real name was George Arthur Fox, brought happiness to thousands of local people with his conjuring and Punch and Judy shows, performing at locations across Sheffield, including Meersbrook Park. His grandson David Monks MBE will give an illustrated talk about this dapper little man, with a merry twinkly in his eyes and a smile for everyone, who captivated his audiences with his magic and personality.

Also find out about Winnie De Lyle, from being a child star she went onto tour extensively with her precious doll Jimmy. David will reveal her story including her ventriloquil escapades.

Two great Sheffield entertainers who should never be forgotten.

Free admission, contributions always welcomed

The Diamond Family Archive

Category: Previous Events Published on 24 July 2017 Nick Robinson
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Thursday 24 August  7:30 pm for a 8:00 pm start

The Diamond Family Archive are an English lo-fi, psych-folk,multi-instrumentalist duo from The South Hams in Devon.

Live, The Diamond Family Archive craft a mesmeric live-show from drums, acoustic guitars, lots of FX pedals, keyboards set to drone, tape delay, loops and bellows, bows, harmonicas, cosmic harps, toys and broken cymbals. All coming together to create music which holds echos of post-rock, traditional folk, spiritual soul music, psychedelic rock and lo-fi.

Foot-stomping, finger-picking, hollering vs pin-drop hush - fragile, lazy grace.

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Tickets: £6

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The Roman Road Project, Sheffield

Category: Previous Events Published on 24 July 2017 Nick Robinson
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Monday 11 September 19:30–21:00

This talk will highlight new discoveries that the community has made over the last two years that have questioned 150 years of local archaeological tradition. It will also cover where this research has led and the future direction of the project for 2018, which will be mainly focussed upon the large unpublished archive of the local archaeological pioneer and Roman-ticist Dorothy Greene

Free admission, contributions always welcomed

Modulator ESP / Grey Frequency / Vostok

Category: Previous Events Published on 28 March 2017 Nick Robinson
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Thursday May 11th 2017 8pm

Four artists (2 solo, one duo) drawn from the East Midlands area bring a diverse range of sounds to Bishops' House.

Modulator ESP produces improvised experimental soundscapes using synthesizers, sampling, sequencing, looping and processing to create strange worlds of sound somewhere between '70s space music, noise and dark ambient drone.  He produces a fortnightly show at electro-music.com called Adventures In Sound, improvising an hour of live music for each episode, all of which are available to download.

He has supported acts as diverse as Emeralds, The Freemen brothers, Formication, Circulus, Eli Keszler, Paul Nagle, Muscletusk, Radio Massacre International, Wolfram der Spyra, Stellar Om Source and Bernhard Wöstheinrich. He has headlined several small US tours culminating in performances at the electro-music festival, the highlight of one attendance was a collaborative performance with the late Richard Lainhart. He has performed in Holland at the e-day festival as part of Booth & Creek.
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Grey Frequency is the ambient music project of audio and visual artist Gavin Morrow. Through the manipulation of found sounds and field recordings he explores themes of distant and imagined memories, folklore and modern mythology. Soundscapes are crafted using audio cassettes, tape players and effects pedals, creating an atmospheric blend of lo-fi ambient textures, dense drones and abstract musical passages.
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Vostok = space / kraut / cosmic / psyche / ambient-guitar / synth / fx = lo fi / sci fi / retro / future-sonic exploration.

Tickets  £5.00 in advance, available here. £6.00 on the door. Note we have limited capacity and so advance ticketing is strongly advised.

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