The Twentieth Century Society

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Sheffield: A City on The Move

20/10/2023 – 22/10/2023



Sheffield: A City on The Move

Friday 20 October to Sunday 22 October 2023

Start time/place:   1pm/Sheffield Cathedral (S1 1HA)

Finish time/place: 4pm/Sheffield Station (S1 2BP)

To celebrate 55 years since the production of the city council’s promotional film 'Sheffield: City on The Move', Andrew Jackson will lead a weekend based in the city to explore the buildings featured in the film along with other significant structures.


A tram-based tour beginning at Sheffield Cathedral (additions by George Pace, 1960-66) and heading to the University’s Grade II* listed Arts Tower (Gollins, Melvin, Ward & Partners, 1965) via City Hall (E. Vincent Harris, 1932) and the recently listed John Lewis / Cole Brothers department store (YRM, 1963). There will also be a visit to St Mark’s Broomhill (George Pace, 1963) that celebrates its 60th anniversary this year and features windows by Harry Stammers (east) and John Piper and Patrick Reyntiens (west).

The afternoon concludes at Kommune within the Grade II listed former Co-operative department store (G. S. Hay, 1962), where a variety of food and drink vendors are located.


A walking tour of the 1957-61 Park Hill estate (Ivor Smith and Jack Lynn) followed by a vegetarian buffet lunch at South Street Kitchen, a Park Hill tenant.

After lunch, by way of coach excursion, architect Simon Gedye will talk about his recent conversion and extension of a 1960s café building at the National Trust’s Longshaw Estate. The coach will then drive to the nearby David Mellor factory at Hathersage, where Corin Mellor will lead a private tour of The Round Building (Michael Hopkins, 1989). There will be time to make purchases at the David Mellor Country Shop, before an early evening drinks reception in the adjoining Design Museum.

The coach will return to Sheffield city centre for 6.30pm.


An exploration of Sheffield’s outlying estates by coach, including Gleadless Valley of 1955-62 with the spectacularly sited Holy Cross Church (Braddock & Martin-Smith, 1965), the Grade II listed St Peter’s Greenhill (Oxley and Bussey, 1965) and two churches of 1959 by Basil Spence; the Grade II listed St Catherine of Siena in Richmond and the Grade II* St Paul in Parson Cross.

Lunch will be provided, and the coach will return to Sheffield Station for 4pm.

Andrew Jackson is an artist and architecture writer. He is a C20 Trustee and a former resident of Sheffield.

C20 Members   £180        Non-members   £210

Includes - Saturday/Sunday lunches and Saturday evening drinks reception, tram on Friday and coach on Saturday and Sunday.

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Above: Park Hill Estate Photograph: Robert Lee