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The Garwin Project, Nick Robinson, A Collection of Notes

Category: Previous Events Published on 01 May 2015 Nick Robinson
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Wednesday June 24th 7.30pm


An evening of "electro" music, featuring:

The Garwin Project's contemporary electronica draws inspiration from many sources, including the Berlin School of electronic composition and Sheffield's rich musical heritage. Performing 'Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Summer',  this specially-created Midsummer night's piece features new material alongside tracks from the two acclaimed albums 'HeadSpace' and 'Train Of Thought'.

Nick Robinson has for many years offered a range of soundscapes and other looping guitar pieces. Using just the guitar and a laptop, he takes you to distant planets. Nick is half of the "Lost Garden" duo, who have a CD "Cotyledon" out now.

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.

Entry only £3!


The History of the Walled Garden

Category: Previous Events Published on 30 April 2015 Nick Robinson
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Friday June 19th 7.30

Kaktus Leach presents a short talk about the history of walled gardens which will be followed by a visit to the Meersbrook Hall garden to look at maps and other evidence of its use over the last 200 years.

Talk : the excavations at Tinsley Manor

Category: Previous Events Published on 29 April 2015 Nick Robinson
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Wednesday 6th May at 7.30 pm

Sally Rodgers, community heritage Archaeologist at Heeley city farm will be giving a talk about the project at Tinsley Manor.

Exploring Tinsley Manor is a three years Lottery Funded Project. It was initiated by Tinsley Primary School who had been researching the history of their school site and found maps showing that there was a Medieval Manor House under their school field.

There are significant archaeological remains in situ. We have learned a lot about the site however, the excavations took place during term time and involved the whole school as well as visitors and volunteers.

Because we were working with 15 different children on site every half hour progress was slow. There is more to be discovered. We would like to finish excavation on this site. With the new developments due to take place with the demolition of the current school and reuse of the site as a public amenity the only opportunity to study this is in detail will be post demolition pre re-use.

Meersbrook Community Walled Garden Herb day

Category: Previous Events Published on 09 April 2015 Nick Robinson
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Sunday 3rd May 11am-4pm

Spinning and weaving demonstration at Bishops House Museum by the Hallamshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Also activities in the Walled Garden 1pm-3pm
See the dye plant garden
Herb teas, breads, and cakes for sale
Herb plants for sale (and other plants)

Talk - The Mysteries of Hallamshire

Category: Previous Events Published on 30 March 2015 Nick Robinson
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Thursday 16th April 7.30 2015

A talk by local author and historian Howard Smith

Free, but arrive early to be sure of a place.

Sheffield's Lost Heritage

Category: Previous Events Published on 09 March 2015 admin
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Wednesday 25th March 7.30pm

Ron Clayton, a well known name in the local history field in Sheffield, has kindly stepped in at short notice to give his talk on Sheffield's Lost Heritage 

Ron has chosen a few outstanding examples from the wealth of architectural heritage that Sheffield has lost to neglect, 'progress'and profit.  Taking in numerous fine old Halls from the 16th and 17th centuries, as well as schools, hotels, pubs and churches, this hair raising survey concludes with Sheffield University's demolition of the listed Jessop's Edwardian Women's hospital building.





Origami at Bishops' House

Category: Previous Events Published on 02 March 2015 Nick Robinson
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Sunday 12th April 1-4pm

Ever wanted to learn the Japanese art of Origami (paper-folding)? Now's your chance! Local expert and origami professional Nick Robinson (50+ books on the subject) and other experienced folders will be present to show you how easy it really is. No experience needed and paper will be provided.

If you have any models you are "stuck" with, bring the diagrams along, we'll show you how to finish them. Some examples of more advanced designs will be on display.

This event is open to all, but we especially welcome those who have a real desire to learn about the subject. Children are welcome, but remember we're not a creche facility - you should stay and fold with your children.

Below is a simple design you can practise with! For more information on folding, please visit the British Origami Society website.

James Dixon and Sons, Victorian, Sheffield silversmiths

Category: Previous Events Published on 09 February 2015 Nick Robinson
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Monday May 18th 2015 7.30

Pauline Bell will give a talk on 'James Dixon and Sons, Victorian, Sheffield silversmiths'.

James Dixon and Sons began in 1806 and by the end of the century had grown from a handful of workmen to a firm employing hundreds of men and women. They produced and exported their goods all over the world, including elegant tableware, candlesticks and centrepieces for the sideboard. Later they were to produce items such as hairbrushes, cigarette cases and various kinds of lamps. Their most elegant pieces came as a result of their association with Christopher Dresser, the man now frequently described as the father of home furnishing. With Dresser's New York and London exhibitions, an EPNS teapot designed and made at Dixon's can now reach prices touching £100,000 at auction. Well known in America for both knives and gun accessories, Dixon's powder flask department manufactured all kinds of products essential to shooting sports, needed at a time when the west was the Wild West and hunting and shooting were about survival. Towards the middle of the twentieth century they became one of the foremost makers of unique sporting trophies such as the Blue Ribband Trophy for the fastest Atlantic crossing by sea, the American Masters' Golf Trophy and numerous Grand National Trophies from the 1950s to the 1970s. Again they had a very talented designer in Charles Holliday. From the 1840s generations of Coopers, the Author's family, worked for Dixon's as silversmiths, stampers, hollowware buffers, finishers and burnishers. They are representative of similar dynasties where sons and daughters followed their fathers and mothers into the firm.

Valentine’s Day crafts

Category: Previous Events Published on 28 January 2015 Nick Robinson
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Saturday February 14th 2015 1 - 3pm

This is a free, fun event, for all the family. Suitable for 5 years and upwards. All children to be
supervised by an adult.

Ken Dash - Doggerland

Category: Previous Events Published on 23 December 2014 Nick Robinson
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Tuesday March 10th 7.30

A talk by local historian Ken Dash. Thousands of years ago at the end of the last Ice Age, Britain was connected to Europe when the North Sea was dry land. This is the story of that lost landscape and the people that crossed it as Britain's first settlers.

POSTPONED: Ken Dash talk about Bishops' House

Category: Previous Events Published on 21 December 2014 Nick Robinson
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POSTPONED  Wednesday 25th March 2015 7.30

Due to unavoidable circumstances we are sorry that we have had to postpone this talk.  Instead,  Ron Clayton will be speaking on this date about Sheffield's Lost Heritage, with particular focus on Sheffield's lost halls of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Ken Dash has spent four years painstakingly surveying Bishops' House and researching its history.  This talk is an ideal opportunity to catch up with the latest discoveries and research about the development of the house and the people who have lived in it over the last 500 years.  

Entry free, but please arrive early to be sure of a place.

Two thousand years of unofficial coinage

Category: Previous Events Published on 21 December 2014 Nick Robinson
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Tuesday February 3rd 2015 7.30

Kaktus Leach talk on "Two thousand years of unofficial coinage"

Entry free, but please arrive early to be sure of a place.

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