EVENTS 

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It is one very cool venue indeed
— Samantha Kelsie, UK Celebrant

The Trust hosts around 30 public activities each year focusing on the Cemetery’s history or its natural environment. We are fortunate to have a range of keen amateurs and experts who volunteer their time to lead these events, supported by volunteers who help organise and ensure that they run as smoothly as possible.

If you want to get a good grounding in the Cemetery’s history, we recommend attending one of our regular history walks on the 1st Sunday of each month.

For most of our events we suggest a minimum donation of £4 to help support the running of the Trust and its activities. Unless otherwise indicated, the meeting place for our events is The Gatehouse at the end of Cemetery Avenue, off Ecclesall Road.

Some of our events can be booked at Eventbrite.

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TOUR

HISTORY WALK - 5th May 2019

SUNDAY 5th May 2019 - 1pm to 2.30pm

Sunday 5th May 2019 - 2pm to 3.30pm

THE GATEHOUSE

Ever wanted to learn more about Sheffield's history? Why not start with a fascinating glimpse into Sheffield's Victorian past on our guided tour of this Grade II* listed historic cemetery. Meet the residents who shaped Sheffield's history, from Mark Firth and Samuel Holberry to the Cole Brothers and George Bassett, and many more. Discover the stories behind some of our 87,000 burials, see the French-inspired catacombs and the listed monuments & structures including the recently restored Samuel Worth Chapel, in this unique and historic Victorian landscaped 'Garden Cemetery'.

The Samuel Worth Chapel will be open throughout the walks and until 4pm for an exhibition and café.

Suggested minimum donation of £4 per person. Free tickets must be pre-booked online via Eventbrite and your donation will be collected at the start of the tour. Limited numbers so pre-booking is essential!

Book your free ticket below -

1.00pm Tour

2.00pm Tour

Cancelling your free ticket

If you do not wish to attend this event, please cancel your free ticket so that it is available to others who may wish to attend. If you are having trouble doing this, contact us and we'll cancel this for you.

Dogs welcome - please ensure they are on a lead at all times.

Sensible footwear required - please note that the Cemetery is located on a hillside with narrow paths. 

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TALK

CELEBRATING HISTORIC CEMETERIES - A Conference

Wednesday 15 May 2019, 13:00 - 17:00 hours

VENUE - Dorothy Fox Education Centre at the Sheffield Botanical Gardens

The National Cemeteries Week, held this year from 11th to 19th May 2019, was set up initially to draw attention to the many volunteers who help maintain and care for cemeteries in this country. It is now also seen as a way to expose the rich and varied histories of cemeteries in this country.

This conference presents some of the latest researches on cemeteries; environmentally, socially and aesthetically. Cemeteries were not only places for burial, but they were often also considered as parks or garden like spaces; and they were laid out by skilled designers. Clients, whether private, or local authorities, or national bodies, prided themselves on the general appearance of these places.

With an emphasis on Sheffield, this conference investigates a range of different aspects of cemeteries that will appeal to those interested in local history, cemeteries and the practice of landscape design. The conference is a collaboration between the Department of Landscape Architecture of the University of Sheffield with the Sheffield General Cemetery Trust, Classical Porter Valley Trust, and the Friends of the Sheffield Botanical Gardens, who have kindly offered to host this event in their educational centre.

PROGRAMME

13:00 Registration and coffee.

13:30 Welcome and introduction.

13:45 Churchyard and cemetery in an English industrial city: Sheffield 1740-1900. Julie Rugg, The University of York.

14:15 Robert Marnock and the inception of the Sheffield General Cemetery 1834-1850 Jan Woudstra, The University of Sheffield.

14:45 Death, landscape and memorialisation in Victorian urban society: Nottingham’s General Cemetery (1837) and Church Cemetery (1856) Paul Elliott, The University of Derby

15:15 Tea break.

15:45 Conservation philosophy and repair of historic cemeteries: using the restoration of the Non-Conformist gatehouse and memorial gardens, at Sheffield General cemetery, as an example. Adrian Hallam, ARK

16:15 The varied narratives of the War Graves Cemeteries. Andrew Clayden, The University of Sheffield.

16:45 Questions and discussion.

17:00 Followed by a walk to the Sheffield General Cemetery, weather depending.

LECTURES (INCLUDING REFRESHMENTS) £10 ON THE DOOR.

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TOUR & TALK

NATIONAL CEMETERIES WEEK

CEMETERY DESIGN -Marnock’s Maxims and Their Lasting Legacy.

Sunday 19 th May. 2.00 – 4.30 p.m.

THE GATEHOUSE

A guided tour of Sheffield General Cemetery looking at its original architecture and design under the influence of Robert Marnock, the leading 19th century landscape gardener. Led by Jan Woudstra, Reader in Landscape History at Sheffield University, author of a forthcoming book on Marnock, and Adrian Hallam, architect.

After tea and cake (small charge, proceeds to the SGCT) in the Samuel Worth Chapel, Jan Woudstra will give a short talk on Marnock’s later legacy and contemporary cemetery design.

Book your ticket below -

National Cemeteries Week is promoted by the National Federation of Cemetery Friends.

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TOUR

HISTORY WALK - 5th May 2019

SUNDAY 2nd June 2019 - 1pm to 2.30pm

Sunday 2nd June 2019 - 2pm to 3.30pm

THE GATEHOUSE

Ever wanted to learn more about Sheffield's history? Why not start with a fascinating glimpse into Sheffield's Victorian past on our guided tour of this Grade II* listed historic cemetery. Meet the residents who shaped Sheffield's history, from Mark Firth and Samuel Holberry to the Cole Brothers and George Bassett, and many more. Discover the stories behind some of our 87,000 burials, see the French-inspired catacombs and the listed monuments & structures including the recently restored Samuel Worth Chapel, in this unique and historic Victorian landscaped 'Garden Cemetery'.

The Samuel Worth Chapel will be open throughout the walks and until 4pm for an exhibition and café.

Suggested minimum donation of £4 per person. Free tickets must be pre-booked online via Eventbrite and your donation will be collected at the start of the tour. Limited numbers so pre-booking is essential!

Book your free ticket below -

1.00pm Tour

2.00pm Tour

Cancelling your free ticket

If you do not wish to attend this event, please cancel your free ticket so that it is available to others who may wish to attend. If you are having trouble doing this, contact us and we'll cancel this for you.

Dogs welcome - please ensure they are on a lead at all times.

Sensible footwear required - please note that the Cemetery is located on a hillside with narrow paths.