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12 December 2016

How Sheffield Transitioned From a Steel City

Continuing their #CreativeCitiesUK study tour, heads to Sheffield – once called the “ugliest town in the Old World” by none other than George Orwell - to uncover how it transitioned to a creative economy

Once the British capital of steelworks, the post-industrial landscape in the South Yorkshire city now champions the creative industries, spanning from arts and making to the technology and digital. With a big student population, a heritage of production and a city council aligned with the benefits of a creative and cultural output, Sheffield is more and more able to retain talent, competing with the likes of London, Manchester and Liverpool to bolster its economy. As 2016 is dubbed the Year of Making by the City, the progrss team meets with cultural operators, creative professionals and the Sheffield’s museums board to find out how the city is transforming its economy and investing in its urban environment.

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