Heritage Lecture: Sheffield United Folklore and Fables

Heritage - John Garrett

Update: due to unforeseen circumstances the Heritage talk on Thursday 6th June is to be rearranged for a later date – more information to follow.

On Thursday 6 June in the Portland Works MakerSpace, John Garrett, the Club Historian for Sheffield United Football Club will be hosting a talk on the heritage of Sheffield United FC.

John has worked for the club for the last 20 years. His job covers a multitude of roles including community engagement, supporter liaison and arranging the fans’ and manager’s forums. He is perhaps best known as the driving force behind the club’s superb museum, “Legends of the Lane”. Football for John is more than just a game, it is something that gives people a sense of community and place, something that tells us who we are.

“The whole area round here came about as a result of the football club. The roads, the businesses, everything. We are just the current custodians of the football club and is up to us to pass it onto the next generation.” [Sheffield Star 8th Oct 18].

Proceeds of the talk will go to the project of renovation of the works, on Randall Street in the ‘John Street Triangle’, a heritage industrial conservation area. The Works is one of the last remaining working examples of a purpose built metal trades factory, most other similar buildings having being demolished or converted into flats and offices. Commissioned in 1876 and completed by 1879, the building is little changed since then, only the showroom area and some extensions being added later.

Since 2013, the works have been undergoing a transformation with the aim to restore the whole Works into low-cost workspace in the intention of promoting creativity and small scale manufacturing by skilled craftspeople, and provide opportunities for young people to become the craftspeople of tomorrow.

For more information on Portland Works, please visit their website: https://www.portlandworks.co.uk/what-we-do/

With many hours experience in listening to JG speak about his passions, it’s sure to be a good night – with the added bonus of supporting a project at the heart of our city, so why not get yourselves down?


  • 18:30 Doors Open
  • 19:00 Lecture Begins
  • 21:00 Lecture Ends


Admission is via ticket, costing £5.00 and can be purchased by clicking here

Free refreshments are included in the admission price.



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