Celebrating the Platinum Jubilee



Competition: The Queen’s Knickers – Children’s Drawing Competition

To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee we are inviting children of all ages to go into their local library and design an extra special pair of knickers that Her Majesty may like to wear on her special day! Based on the book by Nicholas Allan, the competition will have a prize for the best design in three age ranges:

  • 0-5 years
  • 6-8 years
  • 9-12 years

Children may enter as many times as they like, and the library will be making a display of all of the designs created. Running throughout May.


Competition: Jubilee Quiz for Adults

Adults are invited to collect and return a Jubilee themed quiz sheet to their local library. All completed entries will be entered into a prize draw.



Children: Royal Reading Time for Under Fives 

Queen themed stories including a craft activity to make your own crown

Monday 30th
Manor Library                    10.30am
Darnall Library                   1.30pm

Tuesday 31st May 
Highfield Library                11.30am

Wednesday 1st June
Woodseats Library            11.15am


Children: Jubilee Themed Craft Activities for Kids

Saturday 28th May 
Woodseats Library         10.30am and 11.00am

Monday 30th May
Stocksbridge Library 10am and 2pm

Tuesday 31st May
Crystal Peaks Library 10.30am
Chapeltown Library          2pm
Manor Library                  10.30am

Wednesday 1st June
Ecclesall Library 10am 
Darnall Library                 10am 

Saturday 4th June
Central Library         all day
Firth Park Library         1.30pm

Contact the libraries for more details and booking.




Social: Library Tea Parties 

Join us to celebrate the Jubilee with other local people at our afternoon tea parties. We will be holding events at various City Council managed libraries. Expect tea, cake, and bunting. 

Monday 30th May
Crystal Peaks Library 2pm
Firth Park Library         2pm
Parson Cross Library 2pm
Woodseats Library         2pm

Tuesday 31st May
Highfield Library         2pm
Darnall Library                 2pm

Wednesday 1st June
Hillsborough Library 2pm
Manor Library                  2pm

Saturday 4th June
Central Library tea and coffee served all day

Monday 6th June
Chapeltown         2pm
Ecclesall Library 2pm

Thursday 9th
Stocksbridge Library 2pm


Social: Jubilee Themed Drop in and Draw

Saturday 4th June, 10.30am
Central Library

Adults are invited to drop in for a relaxed group drawing session. All abilities welcome. Rather than a taught session, the emphasis will be on drawing for pleasure in a supportive, non – judgemental environment. Materials provided. 


Social: Jubilee Themed Deaf Social Group

Saturday 4th June, 2pm
Central Library

Drop in for this special sign language social. A good opportunity to practice your signing skills in a friendly setting. 



Local History: Exhibition

1st - 22nd June
Central Library Foyer

An exhibition featuring images and material from Sheffield Archives and Local Studies featuring material recording the Queens many visits to Sheffield as well as celebrations held by the city’s residents to celebrate her reign.

You find a selection of images of Queen Elizabeth II from the collections at Sheffield City Archives and Local Studies Library, now available on our YouTube channel.

View online


Local History: Royal Visits to Sheffield

Thursday 16th June, 10.30am
Central Library Carpenter Room
Book online

In this Jubilee year, local historian, Stephen Johnson takes a look at the history of royal visits to Sheffield and in doing so, highlights how the city had developed and society has changed over the centuries.


Live Screening: A Queen for All Seasons

Thursday 26th May, 7pm
View online

On the eve of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, actor Joanna Lumley and Sunday Times Royal Editor Roya Nikkhah talk to broadcaster Moira Stuart about the 70-year reign and extraordinary life of service of Queen Elizabeth II, from the early 1950s to the present day.

A Living Knowledge Network Event in association with the British Library.



Books: Big Jubilee Read

BBC Arts and The Reading Agency have announced the titles for the Big Jubilee Read, a reading for pleasure campaign celebrating great reads from celebrated authors from across the Commonwealth to coincide with Her Majesty Platinum Jubilee. 

View the full list of books


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