Why have a heritage strategy? It’s to act as a focus for defining what heritage is and why it matters, to help spread understanding about the benefits of valuing all aspects of heritage, to make it easier for all involved to work together, and to help support bids for funding for heritage projects. The Sheffield Strategy will be led by a vision for Sheffield’s heritage in 10 years’ time, and supported by an Action Plan to get us there.

This is a unique project: the first grass-roots, community-led strategy in the country. Heritage strategies exist in other cities and towns, but have invariably been produced by local authorities, with varying degrees of public consultation. Our Heritage Strategy has been developed by the heritage community in Sheffield, from the workshops that led to our Framework for a Strategy, published in 2017, to the 2019 series of consultative events and individual meetings. So it is rooted in the understanding and wishes of Sheffield communities. We hope that this model will be of value, in time, to cities and towns elsewhere.

Click here to read the draft strategy.

Covid-19 Update

Work to complete the Heritage Strategy for Sheffield was paused, like so much else, because of the pandemic. We are now aiming to finalise it and publish before the end of this year. This means there is still time to comment on the draft, if you wish. Please email us at sheffheritage20@gmail.com.

In particular, we’re interested to know what implications you think the post-pandemic environment has for the Heritage Strategy and its Action Plan. Yes, there are huge uncertainties ahead; how could these affect attitudes to heritage? Are there, on the other hand, opportunities? Do let us have your views.

JUHS is grateful to the University of Sheffield for its support with the development of the Heritage Strategy.

Sheffield Football Team 1876
Weston Park Museum
Harry Brearley wall mural