Bid to keep memories of church alive

1.Broomhall Street in 1901 showing St Silas church (taken form a print in The Broomhall Centre)'Local community history project, 'Our Broomhall', will be holding a special building recording day at the derelict St Silas church on Broomhall Street, Broomhall on 28th September from 10.00am-4.00pm. The two-year project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, aims to capture and record the changing history and diverse nature of the Broomhall area.
1.Broomhall Street in 1901 showing St Silas church (taken form a print in The Broomhall Centre)'Local community history project, 'Our Broomhall', will be holding a special building recording day at the derelict St Silas church on Broomhall Street, Broomhall on 28th September from 10.00am-4.00pm. The two-year project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, aims to capture and record the changing history and diverse nature of the Broomhall area.
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A Sheffield community is being called upon to capture a moment in time for a historic church.

Organisers of the Our Broomhall project - dedicated to charting the area’s local heritage - are holding a building recording day at the derelict St Silas Church.

Sketches, photos and information about the Victorian building at Hanover Square will be taken at the event in a bid to preserve its history for future generations.

The church, built in 1867, has been closed for more than a decade but, with its geometric style and turret tower still intact, the structure is considered a highlight of the local landscape.

Jennie Beard, Our Broomhall project manager, said: “We are keen to record what we can while we have the opportunity.”

Broomhall-based archaeologist Helen Ullathorne will be on hand to help people produce the recording, which will be kept as part of the Heritage Lottery funded scheme.

Local residents are being trained in oral history techniques to help them gather their neighbours’ stories using film, audio and modern digital media technologies.

The project is keen for residents to come along and share their memories this Saturday, September 28.

Jennie said: “We want to make a photographic and artistic record of it as well as gather and film people’s memories of it.

“We are keen to talk to anyone who has memories to share. Perhaps they were baptised or got married there or went to the nearby St Silas School.

“Anyone with an artistic flair or an interest in copying text or information is welcome to come down and get involved for all or part of the day.”

Helen added: “Next year will be the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One and we are keen to mark the occasion by recording the names on the oak tablet memorial that remains attached to the foyer wall. It would be great if we can trace some of the relatives of the men.

“An opportunity to learn new skills and contribute to the community should make for an interesting day.”

Email ourbroomhall@gmail.com or call 07810 162 146 to sign up for the event.