From the Cholera Monument to Coles Corner, Park Hill to City Hall, a swanky restaurant long since closed to the homeliness of your own kitchen, best-loved Sheffield spots are being celebrated in a new exhibition.
And residents across the city are being invited to submit pictures and images of their own favourite places to join the display and be made into postcards.
The Sheffield Society of Architects is celebrating its 125th anniversary by showcasing some of the best places in Sheffield, past and present. And the society is asking people to share their own most beloved city space, public or personal, still standing or long gone.
Participants can send in anything from photographs and drawings to poems and anecdotes. Two-dimensional or 3D origami pieces and models are also being accepted in the Dear Sheffield exhibition.
Dan Brown, a member of the Sheffield Society of Architects and a chartered architect at Hadfield Cawkwell Davidson, said: “I would encourage anyone who lives, works or has been to Sheffield to submit an entry to ‘Dear Sheffield’ to show to the city what about it they hold most dear.”
Entries so far have included a poem about Shepherd Wheel on the Porter Brook, a photograph of the Mayfield Valley, and a narrative of a walk between Sheffield Train Station and Sheffield Hallam University.
A poem about the General Cemetery off Ecclesall Road also joins writing about the Cholera Monument in Norfolk Park - which was designed in 1834 by Matthew Hadfield, the founder of Hadfield Cawkwell Davison Architects. To mark the years the society has been running, 125 of the entries will be made in to postcards to be displayed at the exhibition.
However, the SSA aims to display every single one of the entries on its website.
Dan, aged 35, of Hillsborough, said his own favourite so far was one suggested by his mum. “I would pick out my mum’s entry, The Sheffield Playhouse which was on Townhead Street in the city centre, as it was a building I knew nothing about.”
His mother, Geraldine Brown, 58, said: “The Sheffield Playhouse was the first theatre I had ever been in. I was in my early teens and, if my memory serves me well, it was Macbeth. I was spellbound and it was magical. I will never forget it.”
All entrants will receive an invitation to the autumn exhibition. Go to dearsheffield.tumblr.com to see some of the entries already submitted. To send your own email firstname.lastname@example.org, or post them to Dear Sheffield c/o 17 Broomgrove Road, Sheffield, S10 2LZ. Closing date is Sunday, October 13.
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