The Nonconformist Chapel Restoration Project
The Nonconformist Chapel exists in the heart of the Sheffield General Cemetery in the district of Sharrow, Sheffield. Commissioned by the General Cemetery Company and designed by Samuel Worth in the 1830s, the Chapel served as a place for friends and family to remember their loved ones before burial. Dormant since the 1950s, the Chapel has lain in a state of imposing silence.
The project involves repairs to and restoration of the fabric of the building, the installation of services and a modest fit out, enabling wider use of the Chapel for events and activities. With funding from English Heritage and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation through the Architectural Heritage Fund’s “Challenge Fund” the restored Chapel will be used by the Sheffield General Cemetery Trust to expand its volunteer and educational activities and provide a unique venue for a wide programme of arts, culture and music. The Chapel will be available for private hire and the Sheffield General Cemetery Trust and South Yorkshire Buildings Preservation Trust are committed to widening access and knowledge of the history of the Cemetery, by holding public open days, talks and lectures.
UPDATE – As of January 2016 we expect the Chapel to be restored by spring 2016.
The restored Chapel will be a stage for a diverse range of events and activities. The Cemetery Trust already organises and hosts over 30 events each year and we aim to add to this by offering the Chapel as a venue for lectures, learning activities and training.
The Cemetery Trust works closely with school groups on history and nature projects in the Cemetery. The Chapel will offer a dry and warm place for children to study and play. There will be toilets, a kitchen facility and storage for craft and education equipment.
The Chapel space has seating capacity for up to 90 visitors to enjoy lectures, theatre and dance performances. If you’re a fan of the cinema you can watch something old, something new or something from the left-field.
For a more contemplative experience, the Chapel would be ideal as an art exhibition space. Perhaps you’re a group looking for a somewhere to host your performance or event or you are wishing to hire a unique space for a private occasion such as a birthday or wedding reception? If so, then please contact us for more information.