In 1815, the collier and landowner, the Duke of Norfolk persuaded the Sheffield Canal Company to route their new canal past Tinsley Park and the Manor to transport coal into what is now known as Victoria Quays. By 1869, the Manor Colliery was in disrepair and closed. No longer used as a trade route into the heart of the city, the canal remains as a physical link between two historic sites: the former orchards of Sheffield Castle (the canal basin) to the Manor estate.
This project re-activates this waterway as an act of memory and activism: the collective future of Sheffield depends upon all areas of the city to thrive. Over the last 3 months, 7 young people have been meeting every Saturday at the Manor Maker workshop with artist Christopher Jarratt, designer Paul Reardon (Peter & Paul) and carpenter Tom Collier to build their very own land and water-going vessel. On Saturday 10th December 2016, goods now produced on the manor (honey and wild-flower seeds) were hauled and ‘portaged’ by the team to their temporary home at Site Gallery. In January, the vessel will be handed back to the Manor community so that they can continue to use it for future journeys and adventures.