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A festive edition of  a Sheffield newspaper from 1902
A festive edition of a Sheffield newspaper from 1902

Sheffield Archives open online shop of city’s treasures

13 November 2017

“I was going to put this in someone’s stocking but I think I’ll keep it for myself”.

With historic maps of Sheffield, pictures from the two World Wars, Sheffield’s industrial past and much more, many people will be following in the words of Father Christmas when they see what’s on offer in the brand new Sheffield Libraries and Archives online shop.

Sheffield Archives is home to thousands of records and memories of Sheffield past and present and now copies of more than 1,200 pieces from the collection are available to buy.

The shop features some of the best images from Picture Sheffield, maps of Sheffield from the 17th century through to street scenes in the 21st century, vintage posters and adverts and even images from the Great Flood of 1864.

Customers can buy framed fine art prints, posters, greetings cards, mugs and coasters, cushions, mouse mats, jigsaws and more all of which can be customised to show a great Sheffield Archives image.

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council said: “Our new online shop is a wonderful public resource of the archives, which have some fascinating images of Sheffield stretching back many hundreds of years.

“These images document Sheffield’s wonderfully rich past and the most memorable events in our history. They tell the stories of Sheffield, from our unrivalled dominance of the steel industry and the effects of two World Wars, to our famous sporting heritage and ever changing landscape.

“With more than 1,200 fantastic designs to choose from, those with a love of Sheffield can purchase goods that really capture the essence of our great city. With so many different products available, I’d urge anyone looking for unusual gifts to take a look.”

Images are grouped for ease of browsing in to categories such as People, Maps, Industry, Buildings and many more, or customers can use the search function to look for specific items.

Over the coming months many more items will be added to the shop from the archives collection.

All sales from the archives shop will go back in to supporting Sheffield’s Libraries and Archives service.

People can visit the online shop at http://sheffield.mediastorehouse.com/