The annual Heritage Open Days are coming to Sheffield from September 8-11, allowing you all access to buildings that you could previously only admire from a distance.
This is a great opportunity to get up close and personal with Sheffield’s rich culture and history, and – best of all – it’s completely free.
Here’s a list of the buildings that we’re most excited to nose around:
Aizlewood’s Mill Tour
This Victorian flour mill – perched by the River Don – will be opening it’s doors for one day only on September 9. Despite its conversion into an office space, the Grade II listed building still holds many period futures, including a paternoster elevator.
BBC Radio Sheffield
Put voices to faces at the Shoreham Street studio in the heart of Sheffield. Visitors will be given an insight into how Radio Sheffield works, including a tour of the station’s studios and newsrooms.
This timber-framed building straight out of a fairytale will be open to you all for September 10 and 11. Also home to the last surviving internal decorations of Sheffield Castle, the house is truly one of Sheffield’s hidden gems.
Take a free tour and learn all about the history of this Sheffield architectural icon. A tour of the building will impress your inner bibliophile, historian and architect alike, as you explore the nooks and crannies of the timeless library.
Sandwiched between the Crucible and High Street, the Grade II listed building was formerly a bank and maintains many of its original features, including largely untouched bank vaults.
S1 Artspace at Park Hill
Explore the multi-coloured, brutalist structure, perched above Sheffield Train station, if you can face walking up one of Sheffield’s steeper slopes – and we don’t say that lightly. Park Hill will also be playing host to ‘the Brutalist Playground’ an immersive art installation that focuses on the divisive branch of architecture.
The Electric Works
— Tom Stayte (@tom_stayte) July 8, 2015
The Electric Works is an office building that was opened in 2009. ‘Why would I want to visit an office space that was built in 2009?’, we hear you ask. Well, because its reception is home to a colossal helter-skelter, as well as the luckiest set of employees ever.
The Abbeydale Picture House
We're delighted to say that despite the Cafe being closed, we have plenty of events and activities coming up. Kicking off with 3 nights of Opera on 25,26,27 August before taking part in the Heritage Open Day on 10 September which will include free tours of the building and a very exciting 35mm film screening in the evening. More information and ticket links to come. Stay tuned! #AbbeydalePictureHouse #AbbeydaleRoad #OperaOnLocation #Cinema #35mm
This ancient filmhouse was opened in 1920 and played host to film-lovers of several generations before its closure in 1975. A free tour will offer visitors a look behind the scenes, hosted by enthusiastic, local historian Mike Higginbottom.
Despite being shortlisted for the ugliest building in the United Kingdom, the University of Sheffield’s study-space is a fascinating feat of 21st century architecture. Only opened last year, the structure employs state-of-the-art ‘smart building’ technology, including rainwater harvesting and a central, naturally ventilated atrium.
Wentworth Pewter Factory
Tour round the Wentworth Pewter Factory and witness masters of their craft at work, as all manner of quality pewter gifts are painstakingly bent into shape before your eyes. The tour will offer a unique opportunity to meet the craftsmen and women who work in the factory.
Like this? Try these:
Main image: Instagram / @hjstn