Terriss’s polished photo buffs up well

Terriss Davies at the Butcher's Works in Sheffield with his picture of a buffer girl which will be used for this year's Off The Shelf festival
Terriss Davies at the Butcher's Works in Sheffield with his picture of a buffer girl which will be used for this year's Off The Shelf festival
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THE prize-winning photo adorning the cover of the brochure of Off the Shelf’s Highlighting History mini-festival in March shows an iconic figure of Sheffield’s iconic industrial heritage – a buffer girl.

The festival had organised a competition to find the best photograph illustrating an aspect of Sheffield’s rich history and Terriss Davies was judged the winner with his picture from 1988 of Margaret Lucas in a buffing shop at Beehive Works, Milton Street.

Buffer girls were employed in the cutlery and silversmithing industries to polish silver items that had been made and were paid piece rates for each item they managed to buff.

Terriss was a neighbour of Pauline Hobson who ran the buffing shop and dropped in to visit her and took a number of pictures of the four or five ‘girls’ working there. Terriss Davies, aged 70, was born at Monk Bretton, Barnsley, has lived in Hillsborough for some time.

He joined the navy in 1963 aged 21 and travelled the world for a while before becoming a welder on leaving. Photography has always been a passion and he joined the Sheffield Photographic Society in 1984.

Whilst people, portaits and history are his main subjects of interest Terriss is also an enthusiastic follower of street art and has taken many photos of different pieces in this city around the country and abroad.

He’s a keen cyclist too and will cycle to a ferry, take his bike with him and snap away in cities like Paris.

His prizewinning image has been used on the cover of the 10,000 brochures for the Second Highlighting History Festival organised by Off the Shelf as well as winning him £100 of book tokens. He’s already bought one big glossy photography book with his winnings and aims to use the rest of his book tokens to complete his collection of works by writers Emile Zola and Alberto Moravia.

Off the Shelf’s Highlighting History festival takes place from March 2-4 with a packed programme of events, local history walks and talks, exhibitions, storytelling, workshops over the weekend.

It includes talks on the Pirates of Barbary, the Romans who shaped Britain, Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Complete Beginners and David Bowie and the 1970s.

Most events take place in venues within the University of Sheffield Students’ Union, Western Bank and tickets are now on sale. Further details from the Major Events Team 0114 273 4400 or email offtheshelf@sheffield.gov.uk for a brochure.