About Us

The Montgomery is a multi-purpose venue based in the heart of Sheffield City Centre. We specialise in children's and family programming, serving the city region's thriving faith and arts communities.

We showcase many of Sheffield's local performing arts groups, as well as a line-up of professional performances especially for families.

In addition, we serve and resource our over 100 faith partners (inter-denominational churches and individuals) across the region, by providing educational and creative materials.

Our historic venue boasts a 420-seat Theatre, a flexible Studio space, and 3 rehearsal/exhibition/workshop spaces.

Please note disabled access is not yet available.

Partnership and Placements

The Montgomery regularly works with both Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield to provide placements for students. If you are interested, please get in touch with us (and we highly recommend having a read of the blog post our friends over at Third Angel wrote about placements).

A 2013-2014 PR placement student created the following short film showcasing The Montgomery's multi-purpose spaces.

Our History

1886- The Montgomery was built by the Sheffield Sunday School Union (SSSU) in honour of James Montgomery, a prominent city leader & active promoter of Sunday School work (and an accomplished hymnwriter, poet, and editor). The work carried out by the SSSU in Sheffield helped the community thrive both spiritually and practically through learning. SSSU particularly championed literacy among children, as well as advocacy for child labour laws during the era of child chimney sweeps. The Montgomery has a rich history of culture especially, music, theatre, literature and the arts, and has been used by many amateur dramatic societies.


1968- SSSU was renamed to become Sheffield Christian Education Council (SCEC) as it continued to provide educational and creative resources to churches.

1971/2- Following a fire, the upper hall of the building was redesigned to incorporate a 420-seat proscenium arch theatre


2010- Montgomery Arts Centre Sheffield (MACS) launched as a ‘project’ of SCEC


2012/2013- SCEC incorporates as Montgomery Arts & Christian Centre Sheffield Ltd – trading as: The Montgomery