Lost archive reveals a changing Sheffield

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A treasure trove of lost photos capturing how Sheffield and Britain have changed over the last 50 years has been found in a basement.

Over 3,700 images along with maps and documents were discovered during building work at Sheffield University’s Department of Town and Regional Plannning.

They have now been carefully digitised by students to create a new online archive available to all.

The collection belonged to top government planning officer JR ‘Jimmy’ James, who was also a professor at the university between 1967 and 1977.

His vast archive of slides, unseen for over 30 years, document the changing face of cities and towns including Sheffield, Milton Keynes, Norwich and Newcastle.

Students Philip Brown and Joseph Carr, who put the archive together, hope it will provide a valuable resource for present and future planners and for members of the public with an interest in cities, new towns or urban development.

Printed images from the archive are on display to the public at the Faculty of Social Sciences ICOSS building at the university until November 4.