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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Clare Nadal

Our Favourite Places would be nothing without our contributors — a massive thanks to all of them!

Tell us about you…
I am a proud first-generation northerner, born in Sheffield, where I work as an art history researcher and freelance arts writer. I spend most of my time talking or thinking about art, architecture and literature, or wandering around galleries and bookshops. I love listening to classical music on car journeys to escape the city and roam the Peak District or visit Chatsworth House.

What does Sheffield mean to you?
Although I come from Sheffield, I have moved around a lot in my life and always find myself returning to the city like a lost home. For me Sheffield represents friendliness, independent northern spirit and a garden city – I miss its greenness as soon as I am away.

What’s your favourite Sheffield place?
Whilst the list could be endless, Weston Park and Museum clinches it as my favourite Sheffield spot. There is something wonderful about having a gallery in a park and the chance it offers to experience both museum artefacts and green spaces side by side. Weston Park also borders onto Firth Hall, one of Sheffield’s few red brick buildings, and one of my favourite spaces to both perform in concerts and listen as an audience member. And if you sit by the windows in Western Bank Library you sometimes look up to find yourself being watched by ducks. The park and its surroundings really have everything you could wish for.

What would you do to improve the city?
Recently Sheffield’s independent culture, heritage and greenness have come under threat from plans to cut trees and knock down historic buildings and independent shops. I would like to see greater awareness of the preservation of architecture and heritage. It would also be good to see greater attention and investment devoted to Sheffield’s museums and galleries and the chance for Sheffield to again play host to the national touring exhibitions that I remember visiting as a child. I’d like there to be more spaces devoted to exhibiting Sheffield’s wonderful collections, rather than having so many artefacts hidden away in stores.

Latest contributions

Nordic By Nature: Modern Design and Prints

Sat. 4 May 2019 — Sun. 28 July 2019

Weston Park Museum

A small piece of Scandinavia has come to Sheffield.

Re-collections: Susan Hiller, Elizabeth Price, Georgina Starr

Sat. 16 February 2019 — Sun. 19 May 2019

Site Gallery

Site starts its 40th year with an excavation of its own history, in an exhibition concerned with memory, the process of thinking through collections, and bringing past moments to life once again.

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: Sea, Rock, Earth and Ice

Sat. 8 December 2018 — Sat. 16 March 2019

Graves Gallery

Responses to wild landscapes, from a lesser-known member of the 1940s St Ives community of abstract artists. Read our review.

Love Among the Ruins: A Romance of the Near Future

Fri. 20 July 2018 — Sat. 15 September 2018

S1 Artspace

An exhibition of photography and film of Sheffield’s Park Hill and Hyde Park estates from the 1960s-80s. Read our review.