FutureCity: Future Retail

The Sheffield Civic Trust is pleased to announce the first of a number of panel discussions planned around the future of  Sheffield city centre.

FutureCity: Future Retail – Join the SCT panel discussion, which aims to highlight some informed and creative thinking about the future of retail development in the city centre.  Irena Bauman will speak about how retail is unsustainable and the resilience of trading. Simon Parris will leap from talking about temporary usage to a future scenario that looks forward to 2035 after HS2 has been established at Meadowhall and the Lower Don Valley is flourishing.  After the speakers’ presentations the floor will be open for discussion.

We hope that the debate might include issues such as:

What might be the alternatives for the city ‘post-Sevenstone’?

What is viability of a dedicated city centre retail district in the digital age?

Can more ‘pop-up’ and temporary uses be part of a sustainable solution?

What other new events and uses might complement city centre retail and offer an attractive alternative to out-of-town shopping?

Our Panel members are Irena Bauman (Bauman Lyons Architects) and Simon Parris (University of Sheffield Town and Regional Planning).

To book your place please go to http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/futurecity-future-retail-tickets-9460884761

Entry FREE for members of SheffieldCivic Trust and those in full time education.  A £5 charge will be levied for others on the door to help cover the cost of holding the event

The I Love You Bridge

Who wrote ‘Clare Middleton I Love You Will U Marry Me’ on a Sheffield bridge?  Daring grafitti written at Park Hill 130 feet above the ground has inspired many stories but the truth turns out to be tragic and bittersweet.  Here’s the link to the BBC Radio 4 programme, The I Love You Bridge first broadcast in August 2011

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and repeated earlier this week.


Lover's grafitti now encapsulated in neon at Park Hill

Sheffield – City of Peace

City of Peace - Photograph and Sculpture by Richard Bartle

Next time you are in the Peace Gardens look up at the chimney over the Ha Ha Bar 8-12 St Paul’s Parade.  You’ll see a stainless steel sculpture, by Sheffield based artist Richard Bartle, which features seven life-size doves.  Richard’s work is inspired by Pablo Picasso’s visit to Sheffield for the Second World Peace Congress held at Sheffield City Hall in November 1950.

During his visit to Sheffield, Picasso arrived at Sheffield Midland railway station carrying a bouquet of chrysanthemums and wearing an old raincoat and blue beret. He was welcomed by members of the local communist party, the press, and the public, and taken on a tour of the city. He ate a bacon sandwich at Thorpe’s cafe in Fargate; had his hair trimmed at Peckitt’s barbers, and drew a ‘dove of peace’ on a napkin in Butler’s Dining Rooms.

The Congress was to be a special debate on the Korean War, but the Government at the time refused to allow important speakers into the country and it was abandoned. However, Picasso gave a short speech at the City Hall, recalling that he had learnt to paint doves from his father, and ending by saying “I stand for life against death; I stand for peace against war.”

Later whilst returning to London he drew another Dove of Peace on a napkin, which he gave to the bodyguard who had accompanied him around the city. This drawing is part of Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust’s collection and is on permanent display at the Weston Park Museum.

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Europe’s ‘Greenest City’ is also one of its most economically successful … and a great place to live. How did it get there?

Freiburg: Sonnenschiff - Sustainable homes and employment space

Public Lecture by Prof. Wulf Daseking, Head of Urban Planning, City of Freiburg followed by discussion (Friday 16 March 4pm – 6pm Peak Lecture Theatre , Sheffield Hallam University)

Freiberg in South Germany is often cited as Europe’s ‘greenest city’ for sustainability with extensive low-energy housing, a strong commitment to use of renewable energy and very high use of public transport, walking and cycling built from a compact, city with a beautiful historic core.  It also enjoys a very strong economy based in part on solar power and an enviable quality of life which attracts talented people to study and work.  How has this been achieved and what can business and local government in the Sheffield Region learn from it?

Wulf Daseking has been the Head of Urban Planning for the City of Freiburg since 1984 and is a key figure in shaping the city. He is also an entertaining and persuasive speaker  on the social and economic benefits of planning for a low carbon future.  He will describe the experience of Freiburg and introduce the Freiburg Charter – which has distilled the lessons of its experience and how they can be relevant to others.

Representatives of the Council, Sheffield Civic Trust, Academy of Urbanism and the Universities will be invited to respond before throwing the floor open to general questions and discussion in what promises to be an inspirational and highly informative event.

Friday 16th March 4 .00 – 6.00 pm

Peak Lecture Theatre, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard St

Discussion chaired by Professor Brian Evans: Mckintosh School of Art, Glasgow

FREE ADMISSION with refreshments after.

Presented by Sheffield Urban Think-Tank:

Sponsored by: Sheffield City Council, Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, Universities of Sheffield and Hallam, Sheffield Civic Trust, South Yorkshire Forest & Integreat Plus.

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Adela Pankhurst – International Women’s Day 2012

To mark International Women’s Day celebrations, we are pleased to confirm that a street party will take place between 11am and 1pm  this Saturday (10 March 2012)  in Marlborough Road, Sheffield by the Moor Oaks Triangle Residents Save No 45 Campaign.

45 Marlborough Road

The event will see the unveiling of a plaque at 12 Noon to record Adela Pankhurst‘s occupation of the house between 1910 and 1911.  Adela, who was a suffragette and a member of the Women’s Social and Political Union founded by her mother and sisters, lived in Sheffield before moving to Australia in 1914.

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Robinson in Ruins (2010) at the Showroom

Come and see Robinson in Ruins (2010), the next in Sheffield Civic Trust’s Building Visions film series, which will be shown at the Showroom at 6pm tonight (Thursday 21 July 2011).

Patrick Keiller‘s follow-up to London and Robinson in Space, has his voyeur Robinson released from prison and journeying across the countryside in the South of England. Through Vanessa Redgrave‘s narration, Robinson comments on events that have taken place in that context before speculating on our collective future.

Click here to buy your tickets.

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A Celebration of Sheffield’s Brutalist Legacy

‘Brutalist Speculations and Flights of Fancy’ on Friday 9 September (11am – 7.30pm) is an exploration of Sheffield’s six best Brutalist buildings (Park Hill, Castle Markets, the Electricity Substation on Moore Street, The Holy Cross Church on Spotswood Mount, Norton Water Tower and Psalter Lane Art School.

 The event at the Site Gallery will open with guided walks to some of the buildings, followed by a series of presentations, a book launch and reception that will explore proposals and enquiries, speculations, and flights of fancy based around the position that these Brutalist buildings hold in Sheffield today.

Norton Water Tower
Norton Water Tower

In his book ‘A Guide to The New Ruins of  Modernism’ architectural commentator and Guardian journalist, Owen Hatherley, says that Sheffield ‘just doesn’t seem to know how good it is’ and that its modernist architectural heritage is ‘what makes Sheffield different from Leeds, or Manchester, or Birmingham’.

Twenty artists and writers from Sheffield and Berlin have been invited to contribute, to consider the position that these buildings hold now and to speculate on their possible futures.   These extraordinary buildings are sometimes forgotten, often reviled, loved, misunderstood, and contested, but form a vital part of Sheffield’s architectural heritage.

Speakers include:

Owen Hatherley (Guardian journalist, Author of ‘A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain’ & ‘ Uncommon” a book on Pulp)

Steve Pile (Professor of Human Geography, the Open University and author of ‘Real Cities: modernity, space and the phantasmagorias of city life’)

Professor Jane Rendell (Director of Architectural Research at the Bartlett, UCL, architectural designer and historian, art critic and writer)

Tickets for the event are £20 or £10 for concessions.

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Sheffield Tap – best conversion to pub award winner!

The Sheffield Tap has been awarded the “Best Conversion to Pub” award by CAMRA and English Heritage.  

This prestigous award follows hot on the heels of last years National Railway Heritage Award, which was presented by Pete Waterman OBE at London’s Guild Hall.  A plaque now adorns the entrance to mark this well deserved award.

Why not call in next time your down at the station to sample the delights on offer and  fully appreciate this wonderful restoration project.

Sheffield Tap wins best conversion to pub!


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Portland Works Community Share Issue

On 16 June 2011 a community share issue was launched to save Portland Works, the birthplace of stainless steel manufacturing, a complex of Grade II*listed buildings and a lively hub for the creative industries in Sheffield.

The site is home to a community of over 20 diverse and thriving businesses, including metalworkers, engravers, woodworkers, artists and musicians. With the owner’s plans to develop the site for housing now withdrawn the site has been offered to the community for sale. In order to safeguard its future, an Industrial and Provident Society (IPS), Portland Works Little Sheffield Ltd, has been created and a community share issue confirmed which allows people to support this initiative. Further details can be found athttp://www.portlandworks.co.uk/