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

Jane Faram

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

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What does Sheffield mean to you?

I think Sheffield’s notoriety for being quiet about itself is simply an aptitude for mystery. I'm bored of hearing that Sheffielders don't like to shout about their merits. If you really look and talk to people, it’s all there for you – and mystery is infinitely better than razzmatazz.

What’s your favourite Sheffield place?

So difficult to be specific! I like whizzing about. If I must choose, I'd say three things: Site Gallery, the Sheffield Tap and running up to Forge Dam.

What would you do to improve the city?

I’d like to action a good alternative dance spot for Sheffield. Dancing shouldn’t be shoe horned into one square foot. Suggestions welcome – one big collaboration, non-specific.

Latest contributions

The Misses Vickers

When he painted this piece in 1886, John Singer Sargent said: "I am to paint several portraits in the country and three ugly women at Sheffield, dingy hole." Nevertheless, it's one of our Jane's top 3 Sheffield artworks.

Double Somersault

A playful and dramatic public artwork by William Pye, sitting at the entrance to Weston Park Museum.

Sharrow Vale Hardware

The hardware shop of the future, with shelves are fit to burst with all the tools for domestic whimsies and emergencies, as well as eco paints and products. All watched over by head of security George the cat.