About us

Picture Sheffield is provided by Sheffield City Council's Archives and Local Studies Service.

Sheffield Archives and Local Studies collect and preserve original records and printed material relating to Sheffield and the surrounding area.

The information dates from the 12th century to the present and relates to Sheffield, South Yorkshire and north Derbyshire.

Included are extensive collections of books, pamphlets, photographs, church registers, newspapers, census records, minutes, diaries, films, maps, deeds, records from schools, hospitals, businesses and charities, family estates, personal papers etc.

We provide a range of service to our customers:

Study areas, expert staff on hand to help with research enquiries, a library of reference books, photocopying and photography services, free internet access, microform machines and printers, catalogues and indexes, research service, research study guide, services for school and group visits, talks, workshops and lectures, accredited conservation service.

The service has an unrivalled collection of 100,000 photographs of Sheffield recording all aspects of life in the city from the 1850s to the present day. Approximately 50,000 are available on Picture Sheffield.  Our aim is to have all the images made available via this website but this will take many years to accomplish. If you are interested in helping us achieve this aim by volunteering your time to identify and scan pictures please email us: archives@sheffield.gov.uk