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Creepy Craft Day

Category: Previous Events Published on 01 September 2016 Nick Robinson
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Saturday 29th October
10.30 - 3.00

Join us for a frightfully fun family event in  the spooky surroundings of Bishops' House! Make a creepy craft,  explore our new handling collection or strike your  scariest pose in one of our Tudor costumes. Children (or big  kids!) in Halloween costume are highly encouraged! 

Helmut Lemke / John Jasnoch / Neil Carver

Category: Previous Events Published on 29 August 2016 Nick Robinson
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Friday 16th September 2016

This concert offers a unique opportunity to see three hugely experienced improvising musicians in an intimate setting in a variety of combinations. The music promises to be delicate, explosive, melodic and highly interactive as well as presenting a unique spectacle; a treat for ears and eyes.

Helmut Lemke: Long strings
John Jasnoch: 'ud, banjo, ukulele
Neil Carver: Acoustic guitar, percussion, water, pipes.

German sound artist Helmut Lemke moved to the UK in 1996. He has worked everywhere from the frozen seas round Greenland, to a palace in Venice. Along the way he has collaborated with dancers, scientists, architects, poets and archaeologists. He has taught at art academies & universities in Germany, France, England and Finland. In this trio he will deploy his unique arrangement of ‘long-strings’ that will use any free space in the room. The strings can be plucked and bowed and can resonate with both delicacy and violence. He has played in successful and longstanding duos with both John and Neil.

Over the last 35 years John Jasnoch has established a niche as a multiple plucked string instrument specialist (guitars, banjos, ‘ud, mandolin, etc.)At home with both Country and Western and improvisation John has been said by reviewers to be the missing link between Joe Morris and Bill Frisell. He has played in a huge variety of groupings with musicians from around the world, been invited to play at legendary guitarist Derek Bailey’s Company week, and toured several times with American Jazz sax. star Sonny Simmons as well as with vocalist Linda Sharrock.

Neil Carver has lurked in the Sheffield music scene for some 30 years, sometimes producing sonic landscapes the BBC described as ‘beguilingly strange and strangely beguiling,’ at other times settling for guitar mayhem. In this trio he will be using semi tuned shells as percussion and exploiting the musical possibilities of using playing instruments in water. His acoustic guitar will receive conventional treatment.

Cost £4.00

Bishops’ House Autumn Fayre

Category: Previous Events Published on 28 July 2016 Nick Robinson
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Saturday 8th October 2016 10am – 5pm
Sunday 9th October 2016 10am – 4pm

Bishops’ House are hosting an Autumn Fayre with a medieval twist. Join us for a fun weekend of craft stalls, music, dancing, refreshments, children’s entertainment, knights fighting and much more! The Knights in Battle re-enactment group will be in battle around 11am & 3pm on Saturday and 11:15am & 2pm on Sunday. £1.50 per adult/children free (children must be accompanied by an adult).

Timetable of events:

Saturday 8th October
11:00 Knights in Battle in Battle! (
14:00 Dronfield Handbell Ringers (
15:00 Knights in Battle in Battle!
16:00 Sheffield Bagpipers

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

Sunday 9th October
10:30 Peasants Revolt (
11:15 Knights in Battle in Battle! (
12:15 Boggart’s Breakfast (
13:15 The Beekeepers (
13:45 Boggart’s Breakfast (
Knights in Battle in Battle! (
14:45 The Beekeepers (
15:30 Carfield Choir (

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

All timings are approximate and subject to change. 


Wood Turning
Robert Nicholson ( is a green woodworker specialising in pole lathe turned bowls, hand carved spoons and dough troughs. Come and see him demonstrating wood turning using a traditional pole lathe and purchase some of his work.

Hand Weaving
Ruth Gilbert ( is a weaver and textile historian, specialising in cloth for clothing, curtains and furnishings. She will be demonstrating spinning and weaving over the weekend and her work will be available to purchase.

Stained Glass
Billigoat Designs ( specialises in stained glass tuition and the manufacture of leaded glass panels, copperfoil work and glass based jewellery. Come and see Kate in action making stained glass items over the weekend.

Poterie Des Pommiers ( produce handmade stoneware pottery on a traditional potters wheel. See Mark throwing some pots and purchase some of his work.




Knights in Battle
The Knights in Battle medieval society specialise in bringing medieval history to life. See them in action as they battle with swords and shields, and listen to them talk about their armour, weapons, and what life was like in medieval times.

Dronfield Handbell Ringers
The handbell ringers from Dronfield will be playing a selection of music to fill the house with uplifting sound.

Peasants Revolt
Wandering minstrels bring medieval music to life. Peasants Revolt is a re-enactment group playing period music on hurdy gurdy, bagpipes, drum and fiddle.

Boggart’s Breakfast
The Sheffield based Border Morris side known for their energy, precision and troublemaking skills.

The Beekeepers
The Beekeepers chamber folk group play traditional tunes in harmony, with a mellow feel.

Carfield Choir
Meersbrook’s favourite local choir, whose repertoire ranges from Latin chants to Adele songs.

Facepainting and glitter tattoos!

Craft Stalls:

We will have an array of craft stalls, including:

Wood turned bowls, hand carved spoons and dough troughs by Robert Nicholson (

Hand-woven clothing and textiles by Ruth Gilbert (

Handmade stoneware pottery by Poterie Des Pommiers (

Historical jewellery by Runesmith (

Fruit wines by Fermental (

Polly Parrot Earrings & Scarves (

Elizabeth May Jewels (

Beautiful glass and pebble pictures by Idris Crafts ( .

Greetings cards from myfavouritethings (

Food and Drink

There will be delicious food available throughout the day from the Dronfield Barn caterers. The Golden Grail Tavern will be selling traditional drinks from the Middle Ages, including orchard wines, mead and ale.


Weaving and Spinning demo

Category: Previous Events Published on 05 July 2016 Nick Robinson
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Sunday 10th July 2016
10.30 - 3.30

Some weavers and spinners from the local group Hallamshire Weavers, spinners and Dyers will be demonstrating at the house . There is a workshop of dyeing taking place at the Walled Garden at the same time.

There are 11 textile pieces hung around the house -  all of them were made by Manor Weavers - a local craft group, using traditional spinning weaving dyeing and embroidery techniques, and inspired by tudor designs.

Maureen Taylor - ‘How the Tudors Celebrated Christmas’

Category: Previous Events Published on 25 June 2016 Nick Robinson
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Monday 5th December 2016

We enjoy our Christmases, and so did the Tudors.  They involved heaps of fun and ribaldry, but also had a huge element of friendship and commitment to family (no matter how distant), and to charity for those less well off or ill. They sang and drank, made merry, danced, sang, and used their imaginations.  They were also deeply religious; so the birth of Christ was taken very seriously.  There are similarities with our Christmases, but also great differences; find out what they were like. 

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

Sheffield Castle and Sheffield Manor Lodge - Myths, Misconceptions and Mysteries

Category: Previous Events Published on 25 June 2016 Nick Robinson
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Wednesday 16th November 2016

‘Sheffield Castle and Sheffield Manor Lodge - Myths, Misconceptions and Mysteries. An Inside View’ by Ron Clayton.
Much Stuff and Nonsense is going the rounds regarding our yet to be unearthed castle - like Sheffield's lost structure - it's time the myths and misconceptions shared the same fate - demolition.

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

David Clarke - ‘Sheffield’s Mysterious Tunnels and Associated Ghosts’

Category: Previous Events Published on 25 June 2016 Nick Robinson
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Monday 31st October 2016  7:30pm

Halloween Special Event

Dr Clarke has been collating stories about the mysterious underground tunnels that, according to folklore, are supposed to link various historic places in the city centre including the Castle, Manor Lodge, Cathedral, Old Queen's Head, etc. Some of these tunnel legends also have ghost stories attached to them.

Free glass of wine

Tickets £5.00 *Please book your ticket in advance using THIS LINK to guarantee a place at this event as there will only be a very limited number of tickets available on the door.




Anna de Lange - ‘Portland Works’

Category: Previous Events Published on 25 June 2016 Nick Robinson
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Wednesday 19th October 2016

Anna will tell us the story of Portland Works, which was recently saved from conversion into flats. It is a surviving example of an 'integrated cutlery works' where all the processes took place on one site, and is still in use by metal tradespeople. It's important too because the very first stainless steel knives were made there in 1914.

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

Gareth Jones ‘The History of the Ken Hawley Tool Collection’

Category: Previous Events Published on 25 June 2016 Nick Robinson
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Wednesday 21st September 2016

A story of how one man’s enthusiasm and dedication has grown into an internationally important material record of tool making, cutlery manufacture and silversmithing from Sheffield, together with complementary material from Britain and the rest of the world. This collection of over 100,000 artefacts is unique in that it combines finished items and work in progress to illustrate how things were made. Together with published catalogues, archival material, pictures, photographs, tapes and films, it records the development of many of Sheffield's manufacturing processes and products and the skills of the workpeople involved.

The talk will be followed by a brief ‘tool handling’ session.

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

Isis Moray & Lost Garden

Category: Previous Events Published on 19 June 2016 Nick Robinson
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Saturday the turnsAugust 20 2016

Isis Moray is living and working in Sheffield as an artist and musician. Using a drum machine, loop pedal and vocal effects, she creates ethereal, dark-ambient music, with chunky bass and beats. Isis Moray will be creating both a visual and sound performance, expressing through her work a darker side of the feminine. Loops, layers and delay merge with deep bass and catchy beats. Her performance will bring you a delicate yet bold ambiguity. With ethereal psytronica and hypnotising visuals that can get a room dancing, and does.

Lost Garden are a duo consisting of Nick Robinson & Jan Gilhooley using electronics, loops & guitar to create both spacious and dense dark ambient textures that you ill find difficult to dance to!

Tickets £4 - book here

DAS RAD - Robinson Archer & Dinsdale

Category: Previous Events Published on 03 May 2016 Nick Robinson
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Friday June 24 2016 7.30pm

Music at Bishops' House presents a first outing for this new trio of diverse & creative Discus Records artists,

Nick and Steve will perform solo sets, then the trio will close the evening.

Nick Robinson
A former member of Sheffield bands as diverse as Typhoon Saturday, Dig Vis Drill, They Must Be Russians and the Comsat Angels, Nick has for many years offered a range of soundscapes and other looping guitar pieces. Using just the guitar and a laptop, he takes you via the power of improvisation to distant planets. Nick most recent release is "Cotyledon" with his "Lost Garden" duo.

Martin Archer
Following an early career with 1980s jazz punk pell mellers Bass Tone Trap, followed by the fondly remembered and widely gigged Hornweb Sax Quartet, Martin disappeared into the recording studio for 15 years in 1994, from where he produced a series of highly acclaimed albums for his own Discus imprint. In recent years, as well as forging a several album creative partnership with veteran vocalist Julie Tippetts, Martin currently works with avant rock groups Orchestra of the Upper Atmosphere and Combat Astronomy, 35 voice experimental music choir Juxtavoices,and most recently ten piece jazz group Engine Room Favourites, in which Martin revisits his AACM roots.

Steve Dinsdale
Steve Dinsdale plays keyboards and drums in the leading British electronic trio Radio Massacre International, who have released a plethora of albums over the last 20 years and played concerts in both Europe and America. He is also a member of Orchestra of the Upper Atmosphere and Engine Room Favourites, and has several solo albums to his name.

Cost £5.00

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Curious House - 22nd April to 8th May

Category: Previous Events Published on 18 April 2016 admin
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*NOTE:  Extended until the end of May!

Friday 22nd April marks the opening of a much anticipated art exhibition at Bishops' House.  Thanks in particular to the hard work and determination of Bishops' House volunteer, PhD researcher and artist Caroline Claisse, Bishops' House will for two weeks host Curious House. 

This Arts Council England sponsored project runs in tandem with Art Sheffield 2016 and features works in a variety of media created by four artists:  Lyndall Phelps, Caroline, Rachel Emily Taylor and Louise Finney.  Installations, to be found in different parts of the house, have been created in response to the house and its occupants.  

The exhibition will also see Bishops' House opening during the week at unusual times  - Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

For more information, please visit the project's own website: ,  

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