The Friends

Friends of Bishops’ House is a charity, run entirely by volunteers, that has been keeping the building open to the public since 2011.

Next year will be the tenth anniversary of a successful partnership with Sheffield City Council, who own and maintain the building. In these ten years the building has benefited from a new lease of life with a wide range of events, activities and historical research taking place.  

Bishops’ House has gained a reputation as an excellent venue for music and arts events, is now a licensed wedding venue, and home to the original and still ongoing series of Free History Talks.

Some of the volunteers are teachers and we maintain the school visits that Sheffield children have been attending since the building was first turned into a museum in 1974.  The friends have made some acquisitions, but most of the exhibits in the house are from the city’s collection, curated by Museums Sheffield who used to manage the building. 

The Friends are committed to:

  • Maintaining and developing public access to the house
  • Protecting and conserving the building for future generations to enjoy
  • Developing Bishops’ House as a museum where the community can learn about the history of the house, the locality and its connection with the wider history of Sheffield.

The Friends welcome all support from the community, whether this be in the form of voluntary work or through financial help for one of the many projects we have underway.  This is a new website that is under development but very soon there will be more information about these projects and links to enable donations. In the meantime, please do use our contact us page for more information on how you can help support the work of The Friends of Bishops’ House.