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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Eric Hildrew

Our Favourite Places would be nothing without our contributors — a massive thanks to all of them!

Tell us about you…

I came to Sheffield to climb the rocks just outside it, and despite being old enough to know better I’m still obsessed with that quest. By day I work for Museums Sheffield, mostly persuading people to visit using an obscure form of hypnotism.

What does Sheffield mean to you?

After 10 years here it means home, but I still find the city a contradictory place. Lush parks, wealthy suburbs, and cultural gems contrast with run down streets, shabby buildings and a lack of civic interest in culture. Sheffield still feels like the underdog, which is simultaneously frustrating and the source of much of its charm.

What’s your favourite Sheffield place?

Jervis Lum is a small wooded ravine next to Norfolk Park, 5 minutes from my house. It’s usually full of shopping trolleys and crisp packets, but I still love it – a sliver of ancient woodland, swallowed up by the expanding city but still peaceful and secretive.

What would you do to improve the city?

I’d flatten Meadowhall to give the city centre a fighting chance and turn the site into the largest outdoor sports park in Europe (also giving the Peak District a break from overuse). I’d also turn Surrey Street into a covered arcade, linking a refurbished Library/Graves Gallery with the Millennium Gallery.

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