Walks back in time for Sheffield history project

Joy Bullivant and Penny Rae from the TimeWalk project:
Joy Bullivant and Penny Rae from the TimeWalk project:
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Organisers of Sheffield’s latest history project say they have been overwhelmed at the response they have received so far.

The Time Walk Project is using the internet to promote the city’s heritage walks.

It is working with history groups and organisations to help residents discover more about Sheffield’s past.

Members are also hoping to reach people outside Sheffield – including those visiting for the Tour de France in summer 2014.

Joy Bullivant, who is behind the project, said it is attracting huge interest.

The scheme is already working with 70 organisations and looking at more than 100 city walks which each highlight a different area of history.

Joy, from Heeley, said: “There are a large number of people interested in Sheffield heritage.

“The plan is to put up an interactive online resource which will mean people can find out where the city’s heritage sites are. We want to try to show people the whole spread of heritage.

“Lots of people know what is in their neighbourhood, but might not know what is half a mile down their road.”

Joy has been in contact with the Tour de France team and hopes to use the event’s visit to Sheffield as a chance to promote the city’s own history.

She said: “The Tour de France has a yellow bible which includes quirky facts about the area the helicopters fly over.

“I’m hoping we can work with them to ensure there are lots of interesting facts about Sheffield in that.”

n Find out more about the Time Walk Project at www.facebook.com/TimeWalkProject

n The group will be giving out information at The Star’s Retro History Fair at Manor Lodge between 11am and 4pm on Saturday.

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