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  1. Hi Richard The Charter of Incorporation of Sheffield as a Borough (dated 24 Aug 1843) is at Sheffield Archives (reference: CA777/1). We have some digital images of the Charter which I'll arrange to have uploaded to Picture Sheffield (URL to follow). If you want to see the actual document, call in at Archives and we can order it out for you (quote the above reference number). For more information, see Brian Barber, 'Sheffield Borough Council 1843 - 1893' in Clyde Binfield et al (eds.), The History of the City of Sheffield, 1843 - 1993, Politics (1993) - this is a really comprehensive chapter on Sheffield's period as a Borough (1843 - 1893). Best wishes, Cheryl
  2. A bit more info on Sheffield workhouses: http://www.sheffield.gov.uk/libraries/archives-and-local-studies/publications/workhouses Best wishes, Cheryl
  3. A few more references to Victorian photographers in Sheffield: http://www.flickr.com/photos/shefflibraries/sets/72157627206510673/ Cheryl, Sheffield Archives
  4. PS. It's true - Robin is male, his radio appearances have given the game away! However, there are more of us filed away in the archives... Cheryl, Sheffield Archives (not male!)
  5. See also: Alan Clarke, The Rise and Fall of the Socialist Republic: A History of the South Yorkshire County Council, 1987. An excellent summary. There are copies at the Central Library. Cheryl, Sheffield Archives
  6. Dear all Thank you for your kind comments. The Heritage Open Day was enormous fun and very well attended. Thanks for visiting us! I hope many of you will return as researchers (or indeed to renew your membership cards!) It was also great to get out over the weekend and attend some of Sheffield's other Heritage Open Days - especially Bishops' House, Sheffield's oldest timber-framed building - amazing! Cheryl, Sheffield Archives
  7. Hi Tom The 'Sheffield Outrages' are a fascinating aspect of Sheffield's Trade Union history. We've just published a Study Guide to Sources on the Sheffield Outrages. You can download it for free at: http://www.sheffield.gov.uk/libraries/archives-and-local-studies/publications/sheffield-outrages It lists all the key primary and secondary sources available at Sheffield Archives and Local Studies Library. It also features a timeline, images, extracts from the Royal Commission, a glossary of terms and a guide to 'who's who' in the outrages. Contact us if you want to see any of the documents on the list. Best wishes, Cheryl, Sheffield Archives
  8. The period 1974 – 1986 was certainly one of controversy - a tumultuous 12 year period in local and national government! Local government in South Yorkshire was the subject of conflicts between central governments – both Conservative and Labour – other local authorities, trade unions, and local political parties. The history of South Yorkshire County Council gives a unique insight into the realities of the changing face of local government in the 1970s and 1980s, and of the fractious relationship between a Labour-controlled local authority and the Thatcher government. The records of the 'People's Republic of South Yorkshire' (or South Yorkshire County Council to give it's official name) arrived with us in 1986 upon the council's abolition.
  9. Hello! Thanks for your good wishes - much appreciated! We have moved everything that was temporarily at Local Studies back to Archives - this includes TIs (transcripts of parish registers), MIs (Monumental Inscriptions), fiche, film, archive catalogues etc. If in doubt, just give us a call: 0114 203 9395 We look forward to welcoming you all - regular researchers and new researchers - back to Shoreham Street! Cheryl, Sheffield Archives
  10. Dear all Just a short note to let you know that Sheffield Archives is reopening at 10am on Monday 5 September. We've put some photos on Flickr to show our progress: http://www.flickr.com/photos/shefflibraries/sets/72157627437845365/ We're also going to be offering behind the scenes tours on Friday 9 September as part of Heritage Open Days. Drop by between 10am and 4pm for strongroom tours, conservation demonstrations, a chance to talk local/family history with staff and the opportunity to see some of Sheffield's documentary treasures up close! Hope to see you next week, Cheryl, Sheffield Archives
  11. Thanks for sharing these images of the old asylum - they're very evocative! If you're interested in searching for information about patients who were admitted to South Yorkshire Lunatic Asylum (later Middlewood Hospital) see our searchable indexes of patients, 1874 - 1910: Patient Admission Index There are 18,000+ names listed, painstakingly transcribed by volunteers from the Sheffield and District Family History Society from the original registers at Sheffield Archives. Also see our short video on Middlewood Hospital on YouTube: Middlewood Hospital Video Best wishes, Cheryl
  12. The company records of Firth Brown are at Sheffield Archives and I'm pleased to say they are fully catalogued! Our online catalogue will be available in the next few months which will enable remote searching. We're just completing the final testing ready for launch. Please get in touch and outline your research request - the Firth Brown collection includes many employment records (1844 - 1973) and we may be able to help. E-mail: archives@sheffield.gov.uk Post: Sheffield Archives, 52 Shoreham Street, Sheffield, S1 4SP All the very best, Cheryl
  13. Dear all Our latest progress report (no.8): Progress report: Sheffield Archives As always, if you have any questions, do get in touch: archives@sheffield.gov.uk Best wishes, Cheryl
  14. Dear all Sheffield Archives has been temporarily closed for essential building work. We will be reopening on Monday 5 September 2011. The normal service for fiche and film and document issue will resume. Please note, you will not be able to access fiche and film at the Local Studies Library from Monday 22 August to Friday 2 September. We will be using this time to transfer the microform and film readers back to Shoreham Street. If you have any questions, please get in touch: archives@sheffield.gov.uk or 0114 203 9395 To coincide with our reopening we will be participating in Heritage Open Days on Friday 9 September 2011. The doors will be open from 10am til 4pm, and we will be offering guided tours round the strongroom, conservation demonstrations and an original document exhibition - your chance to see some of Sheffield's documentary treasures up close. I'll post more information on this in due course. Many thanks, Cheryl