Looking Up Sheffield 9: All good in De Hood

Boxing is, of course, in Sheffield’s DNA. From the Bomber to Brook, it has produced its fair share of gloved-up heroes. But the real heroes are operating out of a former school which was in serious danger of falling into dereliction. Then again, so were some of the people who have all lined up toContinue reading “Looking Up Sheffield 9: All good in De Hood”

Looking Up Sheffield: Sculptor, Skater, Speakeasy creator..

Meet Bally, the Speakeasy creator. He’s one of a trio of people doing great things in the previously less than thriving Castlegate area that we feature on this episode. Last time around we focused on the buildings that are making the area swing again, from the Old Town Hall to the Terminal warehouse and theContinue reading “Looking Up Sheffield: Sculptor, Skater, Speakeasy creator..”

Looking Up Sheffield: Kayaks, canals and courts of Castlegate

Podcast guest Simon Ogden didn’t let the Covid restrictions stop his plans to put Castlegate, the ancient heart and beating digital future of Sheffield, into the spotlight. Normally he’s planning a week long jam of events and parties which celebrate the area and its ongoing regen.  Forced to think differently, he’s taken to his hardContinue reading “Looking Up Sheffield: Kayaks, canals and courts of Castlegate”

Looking Up Sheffield: Episode 6 – Greencast

Everybody’s been getting out in the great outdoors, but it’s not just for our own benefit.  Looking Up Sheffield brings you three for the price of one by podcasting under a waterfall in Rivelin Valley, in the heart of a former underpass turned epic green space in the city centre, and in a part ofContinue reading “Looking Up Sheffield: Episode 6 – Greencast”

Looking Up Sheffield In Lockdown: Episode Five

We never expected to be gone so long. We paused Looking Up Sheffield for three months to adjust and recalibrate during lockdown, social distancing and the new normal, before deciding that the news about Hillsborough Park’s coach house getting the funding to become the city’s first ever dementia cafe was too good not to share.Continue reading “Looking Up Sheffield In Lockdown: Episode Five”

Looking Up Sheffield Episode 4: I Heart Sheffield

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, podcast four focuses on Sheffield’s Heart Of The City 2, which is even better than the original. We talk to Nalin Seneviratne, director of city centre regen at the council, about progress, heritage and renewal from the mezzanine at Marmadukes, part of the new development. We also talk toContinue reading “Looking Up Sheffield Episode 4: I Heart Sheffield”

Episode Three: What Is Don Is Don

A special Christmas edition celebrating the River Don. It’s been in the news for all the wrong reasons, so it’s time to remember why the Don is worth our attention.  Looking Up Sheffield urges you to forget the politics and immerse yourself in the story of Wardsend Cemetery, an astonishing space being brought back intoContinue reading “Episode Three: What Is Don Is Don”

Episode Two: A priest walks into a Starbucks…

It’s Halloween and much like Terminator 2, our second podcast is better than our first. We talk to Adam, who has a lifelong fascination with Carbrook Hall, one of Sheffield’s most haunted buildings. Handy then, that’s he is working in John Bright’s former gaff as a barista in the revamped Starbucks. We ask, has AdamContinue reading “Episode Two: A priest walks into a Starbucks…”

Episode one: Two Rivers

our first podcast was appropriately recorded where the city first began, on the confluence of the River Don and the River Sheaf. This was where the Sheaf Field emerged and gave Sheff its name. Many years later, in 1912, the Blonk Street toilets were appropriate placed right in the heart of the River Don. TheyContinue reading “Episode one: Two Rivers”