Castle Market in Sheffield celebrates history with new project

Sheffield Castle Market
Sheffield Castle Market
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IT’S long been a place full of bargains, history and characters.

Now a new project is set to tell the Castle Market’s full story.

The project will take a look at its 700-year history and then go on to record of a year in the life of the market today, concentrating on the traders, stalls and produce, telling their stories and memories.

Trading Histories will collect oral memories from over 100 market traders at Castle Market before they relocate to the new Moor premises at the end of 2013.

The project team will use one of the vacant stalls in the current market hall as a project base, which will provide a focal point where anyone can meet and contribute to the developing picture of the market’s history.

Sheffield Council Children’s University project will also engage with local school pupils to develop heritage skills, using the market as a focal point for curriculum-led projects where youngsters can examine the history, buildings and produce of the market.

Sheffield-based heritage practice ArcHeritage has secured a £31,200 Heritage Lottery Fund grant, which will enable the team to progress the year-long project ahead of the market’s relocation.

Fiona Spiers, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “The Castle Market site is historically significant, with a market trading on site for over 700 years.”

Professional social documentary photographer Ian Beesley and celebrated poet, performer and writer Ian McMillan, will hold words and images workshops to encourage people to write about or photograph the market site.

Sheffield artist Kid Acne will host sketching workshops to allow participants to capture the character and essence of buildings, people and merchandise of the markets.

The project will also host research workshops at Sheffield Archives and the Local Studies Library to encourage people to use their local archive recourses,and gather material relating specifically to the Castle Market.

The workshops will need to be booked in advance.

Information gathered will be collated in a booklet and will also be displayed at an exhibition when the new markets open.

To find out more about the project and how to get involved, contact Anna Badcock at or call 0114 2728884.