Sheffield: Our history and heritage told through our streets, monuments, museums, libraries and archives

Closed 10 Sep 2021

Opened 26 Jul 2021


Sheffield: Our history and heritage told through our streets, monuments, museums, libraries and archives.

Like many other towns and cities, in Sheffield we are looking at how the city’s history and heritage is told through its streets, buildings, monuments and library, museum and art collections, and importantly how these might tell a more balanced story and better reflect the diversity of our multicultural city.

Following a review by Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Museums, the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, a report has been produced which we have included at the bottom of this page and on the next page. This report was submitted to the Sheffield Race Equality Commission hearing on Sport and Culture which took place on 27 and 29 July. The report gives a snapshot of the city’s fabric, its archives and museum collections.

There are few statues of individuals in Sheffield and none that are overtly connected to slavery. Many of the historical figures who are celebrated in the city were non-conformists, social reformers and abolitionist campaigners. 

However, all industrial cities had extensive links to slavery, imperialism and colonialism.  These links are reflected in some of Sheffield’s street names and also in the history of its manufacturing and trading relationships

The review found that Sheffield’s memorials, plaques, street names and public art do not properly reflect our modern city and its diverse communities, and the Council is looking at ways both to tell a more balanced history and to better represent the diversity of the city in future. This will be informed by input from the Race Equality Commission and Sheffield’s communities. 



Why your views matter

We would like your views on the report and what actions we should consider regarding Sheffield's streets names, monuments, and library, museums and art collections and how they might better reflect our modern city and its diverse communities.

Information you provide is confidential and will be treated in line with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Data will only be published in aggregated form; we will not publish anything which would allow any individuals to be identified from their responses. We will be holding this data on a secure database, you can ask to have your details removed from this database by emailing



What happens next

The comments will be reviewed as part of the Race Equality Commission hearing and follow up work before options are considered about the most suitable way to progress this work.


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