Saturday, 16 February 2013

Event - Share your stories about Castle Market (Sheffield)

Archaeologists will be standing a stall for a week at Castle Market from Monday, February 18, to speak with shoppers about their memories of the market.

Entitled ‘Trading Histories,’ the year-long community heritage project about markets in Sheffield is led by ArcHeritage, which is the Sheffield office of the York Archaeological Trust.

The project aims to record the history of markets in this area of Sheffield, roughly stretching between Commercial Street and High Street and Castlegate and the Victoria Quays, a history which spans over 700 years.

The stall in Castle Market next week is a way for the archaeologists to gather stories about Sheffield’s markets which are in living memory.

Hannah Baxter, community archaeologist at ArcHeritage and project officer of Trading Histories, said:

“It is a project everyone can be involved in – not just about the building, it is about the people that have brought Castle Market to life, traders and shoppers.

“Everyone will have a story to tell that creates the heritage of the Castle Market. We are creating a vibrant record of the market through working in the archives, with photography and with oral history.”

From Monday to Friday, February 18-23, from 10am to 3pm, Hannah and a group of volunteers will be on the lower ground floor of the market, next to the hardware stall.

Postcode Gazette readers with a story to tell about Castle Market are encouraged to visit them and share their memories and photographs with the team.

On Tuesday, February 19, the bard of Barnsley, Ian McMillian will also be on site. Working with volunteers, he is writing a present day markets charter for The Moor Market.

Within living memory, this area of Sheffield has always had strong connections with markets.

Sheffield’s Corn Exchange and the Haymarket were located near the canal basin, the foundations of which, today lie under the roundabout at Park Square.

In 1899, a group of market traders even established the first trade association for market traders, housing themselves in The Corn Exchange.

This organisation was to become the National Market Traders Federation, an organisation which today has 30,000 members across the UK and is still headquartered in South Yorkshire.

The Moor Market is set to open in November and Castle Market is earmarked for demolition in April 2014.

Hannah Baxter can be contacted by email at

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Address: Waingate Sheffield S1 2AG
Tags: Trading Histories, Sheffield, Castle Market, ArcHeritage, archaeology, market traders, Corn Exchange

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