Sheffield was a very industrialised city up until the 1980's with many of the large manufacturing sites being situated slap bang in the middle of the city itself, which I suppose has made its regeneration a bit trickier than most.
Our apparent hunger for cheap, often poorly made, disposable goods has (in my opinion) put us in a very precarious position as well as making us a nation of shoppers and stripped us of our specialist and valuable manufacturing skills.
We used to make important and also everyday essential items here in Sheffield and it saddens me that in my lifetime the whole reason for the city existing is no more. When I left school, these companies still employed hundreds and took on REAL apprentices, teaching them REAL skills - unlike the apprenticeship schemes these days that exploit school leavers and provide free labour for companies that make vast profits already, and still leave many of the apprentices still with no real skills or a job at the end of it.
The Kelham Island part of Sheffield has had lots of regeneration with some of the factories being restored and reused as housing, restaurants and museums, but some of the buildings can't be re-modelled and so they are being pulled down. I wanted to photograph some of the buildings to remind me of what once, when they are no longer here.
We were having a walk to help the young man with his Geography revision. He has been studying the Sheffield floods of 2007 and I thought it would make it much easier to understand if he saw where and how the rivers (all 5 of them) flowed into and through the city and where they meet (a confluence!)and went underground (in culverts).
He in turn taught us all about chanellisation of rivers, urbanisation, primary, secondary and tertiary employment categories and much more! A very education Geography field trip all round!
We had a great walk and found another small piece of graffiti by Phlegm