Monday 8 December 2014

One of the first picture libraries launched in the country is celebrating its 15th anniversary by compiling a slice of Sheffield’s rich history for its first ever calendar.

Picture Sheffield’s 2015 calendar features a dozen images of Sheffield from the collections at Sheffield Archives and Local Studies Library – a quick peek of the 60,000 pictures now added to the archive’s website.

Sheffield City Council’s libraries service produced the calendar to inspire people to find out more about their local history.

The calendar’s pictures include pensioners at Shrewsbury Hospital’s alms houses on Norfolk Road in 1890, an annual parade by the Darnall Medical Aid Society in the 1930s, Liquorice Allsorts inventor, George Bassett, with his horse-drawn delivery van in 1910 and on the cover, William Jessop and Sons steel works at Brightside, reflecting Sheffield’s iconic steel city industry.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet Member for Communities and Public Health, said: “Picture Sheffield was one of the first ever digital library resources set up in the country 15 years ago and it’s something we are incredibly proud of. We’ve recently added our 60,000th image and with our 15th anniversary this year we thought it was a good time to put together our first calendar.

“It’s a great way for us to really showcase what the archives have to offer and make some of the amazing pictures we have stocked there come to life in people’s homes and workplaces. I hope the calendars will be enjoyed by people of all ages and I’m sure the images will be a good talking point for anyone who is interested in Sheffield’s history.

“If we can inspire more people to look in to their heritage or our city’s remarkable past, we can keep our rich history alive for many generations to come.”

These make an ideal Christmas gift for those interested in sharing and learning about Sheffield’s history, and are available to buy for £5.99 from the Millennium Gallery, the Central Lending Library on Surrey Street, Sheffield Archives on Shoreham Street and many local libraries, or you can order a copy online.

The Sheffield Archives and Local Studies Library are open to the public and offer advice and support to those interested in researching their heritage or local history.

Opening times and more information.