Sheffield Archives collects and preserves original historical records relating to Sheffield and South Yorkshire and makes them available to the public for reference and research. The records date from the 12th Century to the present and relate to Sheffield, South Yorkshire and north Derbyshire. They include letters and diaries, registers, minutes, accounts, deeds and maps and are on paper, parchment, film, photograph, tape and disk.
Our collections can be used to help you find out about:
- Local history and current developments
- Family history and the lives of well-known people
- The history of your house or other buildings
- How your area has been governed
- The history of local industry and business
- The history of your school
- The history of crime and punishment; health and hospitals; religion, charities and voluntary organisations locally
- The history of many of the area's landed estates, its parks, woodlands and rural areas
- The history of sport, entertainment and the arts.
We operate a monthly programme of talks and events at venues across Sheffield. See our website link above for full details.
Children's voices about working conditions in Victorian Sheffield Read More »
Victorian Values - Crime and Punishment
Examine real life cases from Victorian Sheffield using archive records Read More »
Victorian Values - Health and Environment
Living conditions, disease and sanitation in Victorian Sheffield Read More »
Victorian Values - Citizenship and Local Democracy
Helping the needy and Electoral reform in Victorian Sheffield Read More »
Victorian Values - Diversity
Use census records to examine Sheffield's Victorian population origins Read More »