Demolished Sheffield

Tuesday, 12th July 2022

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Weston Park Museum


Sheffield’s historic buildings have been retained or rescued in times past by citizens alert to their value, and energetic groups of present-day individuals work to give future generations links to the city’s long history.

Much has been lost, however, and some of it is regretted. In this talk, historian Mike Higginbottom will explore the reasons why much-loved landmarks bite the dust, and queries whether some of them could have had a future.

Find out about buildings that fall beneath the radar of listing and conservation-area status but can make an important contribution to the townscape and the well-being of the community. You’ll hear about sites that have been preserved by a spirit of compromise, as well as some buildings in the city that give cause for current concern.

Mike Higginbottom has lectured in social and architectural history for university departments of continuing education and for the Workers’ Educational Association since the early 1970s. He lectures for the Arts Society (formerly NADFAS) and runs tour-programmes with an architectural history theme in conjunction with Norman Allen Group Travel Ltd.

He has conducted leisure-learning residential programmes on country houses, theatres, the seaside, waterways and railways, cemeteries and sewerage, and the cities of Bath, Birmingham, Chester, Chicago, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, York and New York and in the Isle of Man.

He maintains a blog about historic buildings, places and towns on his website,

Weston Park Museum
Western Bank
S10 2TP