Discover your past at Sheffield Manor Retro Fair

Festival of previous May Queens, Manor Methodist, about 1961.
Festival of previous May Queens, Manor Methodist, about 1961.
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One of Sheffield’s most historic sites is teaming up with The Star for our Retro History Fair tomorrow.

It is the first event of its kind at Manor Lodge and will see local history groups from across the city joining forces.

Entry is free to the fair being hosted at the site which encapsulates centuries of Sheffield history and were Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned.

The day will include stalls, displays and talks as well as the chance to explore Manor Lodge’s own community archive.

Retro Editor Nancy Fielder will also be there to talk about Sheffield nostalgia.

There will be the chance to buy signed copies of our Retro books as well as the city’s official book celebrating the centenary of Harry Brearley’s discover of stainless steel.

Readers are also invited to bring down their own photos and questions for us to include in future editions of Retro.

Nancy said: “This is a brilliant chance for people from across Sheffield to come and join us at one of the city’s most fascinating sites.

“I hope readers will enjoy exploring Manor Lodge, finding out about its past and the role it played in the evolution of Sheffield.

“This site isn’t just about great wealthy and the royal jail which held Mary Queen of Scots – it was later home to a thriving community of cutlers and colliery workers who built their cottages into the walls following the closure of the Manor Collier.”

A new exhibition about Sheffield Castle will be open throughout the day including the Kenneth Steel painting which will be on display in the turret house.

There will be drinks available in the Discovery Centre as well as refreshments from the Rhubarb Shed Cafe.

The Manor Lane event is open from 11am till 4pm and everyone is welcome.

n Don’t miss Saturday’s Retro May Queen Special including 12 pages of your photos and memories.