Forgotten Spaces Sheffield 2011: Shortlist – Cemetery Revelry by Caitríona McGhee
Cemetery Revelry remembers Sheffield General Cemetery by giving it a function which is relevant to today’s Sheffield the proposal, rather ironically, injects life into it by using it as a performance venue
Sheffield has an abundance of space, so much so that its urban fabric still bears the scars of its former industrial glory.
It is full of forgotten spaces; buildings, visible, tangible relics from its preceding industrial prowess.Sheffield General Cemetery is a vestige of Sheffield’s former wealth and industrialisation. It was built by Non-conformists who had become wealthy from the city’s industry.
The cemetery was once “undisputedly one of the most beautiful establishments of its kind in the kingdom, … a delightful spot for the perambulations of the living and a safe depository for the dead.” Whites Directory Report, 1837.
However, it is now wildly overgrown, damaged and somewhat vandalised with gravestones crumbling and buildings decaying. Cemetery Revelry proposes unlocking this ‘remote and undisturbed’ gem and sharing it with the city. This entry proposes to, rather ironically, inject life into this space by using it as a performance venue for music and theatre.