‘City needs more signs to highlight cutlery heritage’

Sheffield is falling short in pointing up its reputation for steel and cutlery, it was claimed this week.

People questioned in the city centre would like to see more information about how to find industrial sites and museums around Sheffield.

The survey was carried out by Sheffield Rotary Club and Sheffield City Centre Residents’ Action Group, which are promoting the Inside-Out festival on October 25, highlighting the city centre as a place to live work and play.

Spokesman Peter Sephton said: “Chester and York were given as places that actively promote their historical assets all over their central areas.

“Sheffield is world famous for its steel and cutlery heritage, but those completing the survey said there is little information showing how to find it.”

People also had difficulty in finding signposted public toilets and baby-changing facilities – but they did mention the friendly nature of Sheffielders and how much they liked the Peace Gardens and Winter Garden.

The council said it worked closely with the two museum trusts to ensure places such as Kelham Island Museum, Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, the Millennium and Graves Galleries and Weston Park were promoted properly. There were the brown and white tourist signs, and “a full range of printed materials”.