This autumn, explore Sheffield’s rich history through the magic of maps at a new exhibition in the Central Library.
Mapping Sheffield brings together local maps dating from 1610 to the present day, filling display cases and boards across two floors of the library. It features maps like the one above, showing all the many, many pubs that dotted across Victorian Sheffield. For comparison, you'll also find a Sheffield Ale Trail made by yours truly just a few years ago – showing the continuation of Sheffielders' high regard for ale, and highlighting some of the taverns and drinking holes to be found in and around Kelham Island.
The exhibition also reveals some lesser known stories from Sheffield's history, shining a light on the people and forces that have shaped the city we know today.
Alongside the Mapping Sheffield Exhibition, the city's libraries are hosting a bunch of related events – including a torchlight tour of the library's basement, talks on everything from the mapping of Sheffield's wildlife to the role of maps in children's literature, and a morning of poetry inspired by the city hosted by Sheffield poet laureate Otis Mensah.