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Curious House 2017

Category: Previous Events Published on 29 October 2017 admin
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New exhibition running every Saturday & Sunday from October 28th to December 10th 10am-4pm

Through interactive technology, visitors will have the opportunity to meet characters that could have lived in the house over the last 500 years. 

In partnership with the museum volunteers at the Bishops' House, designer and PhD candidate Caroline Claisse has co-created an interactive installation where museum visitors will experience the house in new ways. This exhibition builds on the success of Curious House (2016) where artists created engaging new work in response to the house, its association, and collection.

The exhibition Curious House 2017 was funded by the Cultural, Communication and Computing Research Institute at Sheffield Hallam University.

https://curioushouse.wordpress.com/

Frostlake / Red Zoo

Category: Previous Events Published on 27 October 2017 Nick Robinson
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Sunday December 17 2017 7.30pm

Frostlake
Returning to Bishops House is songstress/instrumentalist Frostlake, spectral psych-folk with haunting vocals. Guitar, laptop, Korg wavedrum and bassist Terry Todd give an atmospheric, otherworldly touch to new songs and ones from the album White Moon, Black Moon - listen here

" beautiful..atmospheric...ethereal... spooky" Achim Breiling Babyblaue Sieten

Red Zoo
Were a Sheffield band from the 80s who had releases on Polydor without success. Singer Elaine and guitarist Nick recently reunited after 30 odd years and are performing stripped back versions of their songs with just acoustic guitar & vocals.

Each act will play a set with a break between. Doors open 7.30pm for a 8pm start.

Cost £5.00 in advance, or £6.00 on the door

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String Theology / A Collection Of Notes

Category: Previous Events Published on 27 October 2017 Nick Robinson
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Saturday December 02 2017 7.30pm

String Theology 
A duo consisting of Herve Perez (shakuhachi/laptop) and Nick Robinson (guitar/loops). Both are veterans of the Sheffield improv scene and bring a diverse range of sounds and inluences to the collaboration. Their music is improvised and is a reflective mixture of electronica and organic sounds. A previous recording can be heard here

A Collection of Notes
Classic synth/electro/ambient music created by Sheffield’s Jan Gilhooley using only Apple’s iPad and iPod Touch running a variety of software synths. Originally “A Collection of Notes” was Jan’s name for some early electronic music experiments back in the late 1980s. When he discovered the possibilities of making electronic music using the Apple mobile devices in 2011 “A Collection of Notes” was renewed to provide a vehicle for the new music created. The ability to create music that both incorporates and reflects the physical environment is one of principle sources of inspiration. 

Each act will play a set with a break between. Doors open 7pm for a 8pm start.

Cost £5.00 in advance, or £6.00 on the door

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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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Danny Wells - The Victorians and the Christmas Season

Category: Previous Events Published on 25 July 2017 Nick Robinson
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Monday 11 December 19:30–21:00

This illustrated talk by Danny Wells looks at the influence of the Victorians on Christmas as we know it today. The Victorians repackaged older traditions and customs that suited their new sensibilities, ideas and concerns. It is said the Victorians: "mixed the ingredients of the English Christmas to create an extremely rich plum pudding.”

Many of these changes took place early in Victoria’s reign, including the arrival of the Christmas Card, the Christmas Cracker and new-found popularity of the Christmas Tree. We will explore why and how the Victorians re-energised and transformed the festive season.

Free admission but contributions welcomed

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.

 

Spoken and Unspoken

Category: Previous Events Published on 25 July 2017 Nick Robinson
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** Correction - this event is Wednesday 15th November 19:3021:00

The Word Train, a group of Sheffield poets who have been working together for over ten years, are returning to Bishops House, to read a selection of their poems.

£5 on the door, includes a free glass of wine or juice in the interval

Please note we previously incorrectly advertised this event as being in October.  If you have friends who may be planning to attend, please let them know.  Sorry for any inconvenience, but the event is definitely 15th November.

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

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