This is Y Magazine 2020

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H E R I TA G E With such an exciting history, Sheffield offers many opportunities to travel back in time and learn about its fascinating heritage. The oldest building in the city, Sheffield Cathedral has been a site of worship for 1000 years, with its architecture and form experiencing many changes over the centuries. The cathedral has embarked on an impressive and ambitious three-year schedule of artistic events seeing the magnificent structure transformed in a way that has never been seen before. This will incorporate three major projects each year, during spring, summer and advent. The first of 2020 is the light and sound installation, Great Observatory, in March. Located in a Grade II listed building, Weston Park Museum tells the story of Sheffield from its prehistory to the present day. In 2020 it launches two new galleries; Ancient Egypt shares the museum’s enviable collection of Egyptian artefacts and Sheffield Stories will celebrate the diverse communities and people’s experiences of life in this city. Head to Kelham Island Museum just outside the city centre. This historic venue showcases Sheffield’s manufacturing heritage, from early industrialisation to modern times. Learn what it was like to live and work in the city during the Industrial Revolution, the Victorian era and through two world wars, and how

steelmaking forged both the city of today and had a major impact across the globe! A visit to Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet - a group of Grade I and II listed buildings and a Scheduled Ancient Monument - will transport you back in time to the 18th century where you will experience industrial life in a rural scythe and steelworks. Discover the preserved worker’s cottage, waterwheels, a grinding hull, steam engine and the last complete surviving crucible steel furnace in the UK. The unique National Emergency Services Museum offers a fascinating insight into the history and role of the emergency services. With over 50 vehicles on display from horsepower to manual and steam to motor, there are three floors of impressive exhibits to discover.

CITY LIFE For those seeking quirky and independent places to shop, eat and drink, there are several vibrant areas to explore across Sheffield. Just outside of the city centre is Ecclesall Road and Sharrow Vale, a long-time hang-out of locals and visitors alike. It is teeming with a huge selection of pavement side coffee shops, bars and restaurants where you can find food from all corners of the world, sip sophisticated cocktails or sup a pint of Yorkshire’s finest. A short distance from the city centre is the Upper Don Valley an area which includes the exciting Kelham Island. This part of the city has seen significant rejuvenation over recent years – a shift from a

manufacturing mecca to hipster hub. Whet your appetite at one of the huge range of eateries from fine dining to street food. The thirsty won’t need to look far either, with three breweries and bars aplenty located here it is no wonder the area goes by the name of Valley of Beer. The Antiques Quarter, on the south-side of the city and a short walk from the centre, is a lively and up-and-coming area with eight antique centres as well as 50 shops, cafes and bars. Browse for authentic period antiques, affordable traditional furniture, retro collectables, vinyl, vintage clothing, as well as local artwork, handmade crafts, artisan produce and ‘Made in Yorkshire’ foods and beers. If you share the nation’s love of gin, at Sheffield’s Locksley Distilling, you can delve into the world of aromatic botanicals and learn how to distil your own unique bottle of the spirit, you’ll also sample their range and learn about the history and production of gin.

FO OT B A L L FO C U S This city is the home of football, the world’s oldest football club Sheffield FC was founded here in 1857. Ever popular today, football runs deep in this city’s veins with local teams Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday keeping local interest alive and kicking.