Shoppers in Sheffield suburb take step back in time

Shoppers in Crookes will take a step back in time thanks to National Lottery players.

Crookes Forum was awarded £6,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to set up a ‘street museum’ to tell the stories of the shops that used to be in the city suburb.

Ten window displays have been adorned with material to show what used to be in Crookes in bygone days, including a First World War greengrocer, where today there is an insurance company; a plumber where you can now drink tea and a pawnbroker in the building a charity shop now occupies.

There are also a number of personal stories displayed, including memories of corset-fitting in a carpet shop and a murder at a Chinese laundry.

The street museum is being hosted at Salon de Café, Better Fit, Crookes Hardware, Hillsborough Electricals, Adams Insurance, Sainsbury’s, Age UK, Urban Pantry, Safar and DS Print between Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 29.

Susan Smith, Chairman of Crookes Forum, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, the street museum is a fascinating glimpse in to the previous roles of 10 of Crookes current shops.

“It is the result of the hard work of a small team of volunteers who have researched the shops and the memories of people who remember Crookes up to 70 years ago.

“The Crookes Forum thanks everyone who has been involved, including the 10 shops hosting the museum.

“We will soon put excerpts from the memories online.”

Fiona Spiers, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “By sharing the history of Crookes shops people can take a step back in time to discover the vital and vibrant role that the local shop has played in our community history.”