Henderson's Relish Former Factory Site Roof Tiles Project

A collaborative charitable project between Henderson's Relish, APG Works, and the departments of Architecture and Engineering to support scholarships for students seeking sanctuary.

Two Black frames containing engraved roof tile with Henderson's Relish logo, certificate of authenticity and student illustrations of the House

You can own a piece of Sheffield history and help support students seeking sanctuary in Sheffield, including those from Ukraine. 

The presentation frames cost £125.  There are two options for the student illustration within the frame - which we've entitled 'Modern' or 'Traditional' to distinguish between the two.  The choice of artwork is shown below.

Update May 2024

We have less than 10 frames with the "Modern" artwork currently left to buy.  They are being sold on a first come first served basis, via card payment, from the Print and Creative Services Desk in our Students’ Union building - open Monday to Friday 9am to 4.45pm.  

We have sold out of the frames with the "Traditional" artwork.  As this is a charity initiative we rely on the volunteer staff who are involved in the separate cleaning, cutting and engraving stages required before the tiles are framed. We will provide an update in August as to whether we are able to produce any more frames with the "Traditional" artwork.   If you would like to receive an update in August, please provide your email address via this Google Form.

Choice of artwork


Modern Illustration by University of Sheffield student Katie Cottle - Instagram @katiecottle.art

EFM Illustration of former Henderson's Relish factory site


Traditional Illustration by University of Sheffield student Ameli Vidanearachchi - Instagram @ameli_anya.art

EFM Illustration of former Henderson's Relish factory site 2

Project background

The University is currently working to preserve the former Henderson's Relish Factory site and needs to replace the roof tiles as part of it's work.

This has given us the rare opportunity to use the old ones, that have been on the building for many years to put together the presentation frame with a cut and engraved tile, a certificate of authenticity and a student illustration of 'Henderson's House'.

This charity endeavour is labour intensive and is only made possible by the generous support from a wide group of people. The process is explained below.

  • Stage 1 - Volunteers painstakingly clean the fragile tiles which have decades of grime to be got rid of.  Care has to be taken not to use any cleaning products or implements that would be too abrasive or scratch the slates. Would you be willing to volunteer your time to help with the cleaning?  If so please contact r.e.parnham@sheffield.ac.uk
  • Stage 2a - Initially the tiles were carefully transported to The Diamond where volunteers from Engineering's iForge community cut the tiles to size using the water jet machine
  • Stage 2b - since summer 2023 the Architecture workshops have been hand cutting the tiles, using a roof tiler's cutting tool.
  • Stage 3 - The Architecture technician team engrave the Henderson's Relish logo - a significantly time consuming process
  • Stage 4 - Collection and delivery of the tiles to APG Works to complete the framing process
  • Stage 5 - The frames are collected by the University ready for selling via the Print and Creative Services Desk in our Students' Union building.  PCS kindly manage the transaction.

If you have any questions please email Lucy Farmer