Our city nearly a century ago
The Britain from Above photo archive has some great photos of Sheffield take in the 1920s.
Under the terms of the license I can’t publishing them here, so instead I’ve linked to some of the highlights:
Not in Sheffield, but the archive also contains pictures of Sheffield
Wednesday United v Cardiff City at Wembley Stadium.
There are also several shots of suburbs, where some of the housing hasn’t yet been built. Areas featured include Millhouses, Beachief, Meadowhead, the Manor, Whirlow, Totley, Coal Aston, Middlewood, Handsworth, Oughtibridge, Attercliffe, Neepsend, Highfield, Sharrow and Firth Park.
Britain from above Sheffield photos
Posted by Sheffield blog on 2 July, 2012
Spectacular wildlife photos – for free
Coming soon to the Moor shopping area is Wild planet, a selection of 80 pictures from the famous Wildlife photographer of the year exhibition.
I’ve been a big fan of the annual photography exhibition which usually runs at the Natural history museum in London and have made a point of visiting each year since 2005. It collects the year’s best wildlife photos as submitted to the competition and is basically easy culture – amazing photos that anyone can appreciate.
The free Wild planet exhibition in Sheffield looks to be a best-of selection of images from past years of the competition, which has been running since 1964. It is based on the Moor and runs from 6 October to 27 March 2011.
Sheffield-based wildlife photographer Paul Hobson was highly commended in the 2008 exhibition for his Osprey catch image, below. He has also just won a category in European wildlife photographer of the year competition.
Osprey catch by Sheffield photographer Paul Hobson, highly commended in the 2010 Wildlife photographer of the year competition and used with permission
Posted by Sheffield blog on 25 September, 2010
Can you help identify the people in these wedding snaps?
The other day a reader of this blog, James, got in touch about his discovery of a lost set of wedding photos:
Last year I bought some darkroom kit from a charity shop in Broomhill. Inside one of the developing drums was a film with images from a wedding. The film had never been taken off the reel so the photos have never been viewed, let alone printed.
From the styles of dresses and headdresses some of my female friends and relatives have deduced that the wedding probably happened in the early 70s. In one of the photos is a Sheffield bus. I assume that the couple both lived and married in Sheffield.
I am in the process of scanning in the negatives and cleaning up the images. It would be great if you, and your readers, can help me trace the couple in the photos. I think it would be nice to give them some prints.
James is cleaning up each image and posting them to this Flickr set. Can you help identify any of the people in the photos?
The mystery Sheffield wedding photos
Can you identify this mystery Sheffield wedding?
Posted by Sheffield blog on 12 July, 2010
Completing the city of Sheffield walkabout photo tour
A couple of years ago I took a set of photos that compared 1970s Sheffield with how it looked in 2008. The original photos were taken from a 1970s council publication, which was produced to promote the city.
I didn’t bother including the Crucible as it was a building site surrounded by fences. However, with the renovation project complete, I decided to go back to take a photo for comparison with the 1970s Crucible.
The two Crucible photos are at the bottom of this post, although it is perhaps better to view a complete slideshow of the updated 1970s/2000s gallery:
Crucible theatre, 1970
Crucible theatre, 2010
Posted by Sheffield blog on 17 May, 2010
A picture a day from the steel city
If you like photos of Sheffield then this new photo blog and Twitter account is worth following. It does what it says on the tin: each day a new photo of the city is posted with accompanying comments giving some background information and related links.
Recent entries have included Sheffield’s smallest hotel, The three tuns and a contrasting picture of Old and new Sheffield.
Many of the pictures appear to be taken on the move and for now they are being taken using a camera phone, although the person behind it says that a better camera will be used soon. Perhaps one day it could grow into some sort of collaborative effort?
Find it at sheffielddailyphoto.blogspot.com and @sheffieldphoto on Twitter.
Posted by Sheffield blog on 30 May, 2009
One year on, which are the most popular posts?
I thought I’d do a quick round-up of the most viewed posts during the first year of this blog.
According to WordPress, this is the 83rd post, which makes an average of about 1.5 a week. I’d like to write more often but don’t always have the time. Thankfully now that this blog is on Twitter it is easy to put something out there quickly without having to draft a full post.
Anyway, here are the top ten posts according to number of views:
- From Runaway Girl to Silversmiths
Written one week after Gordon Ramsay recorded the TV programme (but five months before it was broadcast)
- Free wi-fi hotspots in Sheffield city centre
I started logging free wi-fi locations in the city last year, although the launch of wifi-in-sheffield.co.uk in January has probably already superceded this
- City of Sheffield walkabout – a photo tour
Photographs comparing Sheffield in 2008 to the city as featured in a 1970s council brochure
- Cocoa chocolate shop
Documenting a visit to this Eccy Road treasure
- Sheffield Twitter users
Ever-expanding list of organisations, groups and companies from Sheffield on Twitter
- Date for cooling towers demolition confirmed
In terms of page views, August was one of the most popular months on this blog, no doubt in part due to the passing of the cooling towers
- Sheffield City on the move video from The Fully Monty
The full version of the 1970s promotional film used at the start of the hit movie appears online
- The day Sheffield stood still
Report and videos from Sheffield’s first-ever large-scale flash mob
- Sheffield to London by train
Some thoughts on a journey that I have had the joy of completing many a time, written a few months after Midland Mainline handed over the franchise to East Midlands Trains
- The Moor, Sheffield
A look at the long-overdue and continued redevelopment of one of Sheffield’s pedestrianised shopping streets
What does the next year hold for this blog? Luckily there is still more going on in Sheffield than could ever be covered here, so I don’t see any reason why there shouldn’t be plenty more posting, tweeting and perhaps some more videos.
As I mentioned above the bigger issue is making time to create the content, so if anyone would anyone be interested in contributing posts then let me know. I’ve also got one or two other ideas for directions that it could go in, so watch this space.
In the meantime, if you have got any comments or suggestions then get in touch.
Posted by Sheffield blog on 12 March, 2009
Big turnout for Sheffield’s first major flash mob
Time stood still yesterday in the Peace gardens as people gathered for what is believed to be Sheffield’s first large-scale foray into the world of flash mobbing.
As the town hall clock struck 12, people taking part froze for 5 minutes in a set pose, causing bewilderment and confusion to passing shoppers.
A similar event took place in Trafalgar Square last year, with hundreds of people participating. The aim was to exceed this and I estimate that there were well over 1,000 in the Peace gardens yesterday.
It was perhaps even too packed, as people who had prepared some creative poses – playing cards, picnicking, braving the fountain and firing an oversized paper aeroplane – were partly hidden away.
One group held up ‘Who’s to blame?’ banners which I thought was a political protest until I realised that they were to help point out Kevin Hailes, who organised the event using Facebook.
There are some photos online, although I opted to record it on video as thought it might be hard to capture the full effect using still images. This is the rather shaky footage I recorded – I also would have liked to get some more close-ups of poses but didn’t want to spoil the spectacle:
And here is the official film:
The event was a definate success, and with a bit of tweaking a future flash mob could have even more impact. If you want to hear about upcoming flash mob events in Sheffield then this Facebook group will point you in the right direction.
Posted by Sheffield blog on 1 February, 2009
See Sheffield’s latest building in a new light
If you have been in town after dark recently then you will have probably seen the flashing lights of the new Sheffield digital campus illuminating the night sky – if not then watch footage of this uploaded to qik.com by Twitter user @watfordgap.
A couple more glimpses of the buildings have now appeared online. Last week @tomasinho uploaded a video tour of the exterior, and an Electric works Flickr group is also showing pictures from inside.
The Flickr group in particular includes some good shots of the talking point of the development, the helter-skelter slide in the Electric works building that transports you from the top floor to the foyer area in seconds.
And if you work in digital content development or within the region’s digital media sector and are interested in engaging with Channel 4′s interactive arm 4iP, get yourself an invite to the 4iP Yorkshire launch, which is taking place at the Sheffield digital campus next month.
The illuminated Building 2.0 in Sheffield digital campus (taken from the station walkway)
Posted by Sheffield blog on 18 January, 2009
Is Sheffield a design city?
People have been submitting pictures of Sheffield for the Design Cities photography competition set up by the Design museum, Flickr and magazine Don’t panic.
The idea is that people submit urban photos of contemporary design, architecture, furniture, vehicles, technology or fashion to the Design Cities Flickr group. 20 photos from this group will then be printed and exhibited in the Design museum in January next year, with one also being printed on 80,000 Don’t panic posters to be put up in cities around the world.
The Sheffield images are generally what you would expect, mainly covering the new bits of architecture in the city centre, with some photographers trying to find new angles on some of the classic shots.
The competition doesn’t close until 1 December, so there is still plenty of time to get your entry in. Surely we can do better than 17 submissions?
Posted by Sheffield blog on 16 October, 2008