The Alfred Denny Museum, The Arctic Monkeys Room and Kelham Island: 111 Places in Sheffield That You Shouldn’t Miss

  • A new illustrated guide book showcasing Sheffield is being launched at the University of Sheffield next week
  • 111 Places in Sheffield That You Shouldn’t Miss uncovers the quirkier side of Sheffield and picks out some of the city’s hidden highlights

A new illustrated guide book is set to showcase Sheffield to a whole new audience of visitors, as 111 Places in Sheffield That You Shouldn’t Miss launches next week at the University of Sheffield.

111 Places In Sheffield That You Shouldn't Miss book coverFrom its bars, beauty spots and industrial heritage, to the room where the Arctic Monkeys cut their first album, acclaimed author Michael Glover uncovers the quirkier side of Sheffield and picks out some the city’s hidden highlights.

Glover, an acclaimed art critic, poet and native of Sheffield, was supported by the University of Sheffield and Marketing Sheffield in the researching and writing of the guide book. Sheffield joins the tourist hotspots of York, Liverpool, Bath and Cambridge in being one of the select few UK cities to be featured in the 111 Places series outside London.

The guidebook highlights the Alfred Denny Museum of Zoology, located in the University of Sheffield’s Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, Sheffield’s famous Henderson’s Relish and the ‘glass-roofed oasis’ of the Winter Garden as just a few of city’s hidden gems.

Michael Glover, the book’s author, said: “As a native Sheffielder, this book is my attempt to give back to the city of my birth all that it has given to me in so many different ways – to characterise it, to bring it alive, to show off its partially hidden virtues and splendours, from its marvellous industrial achievements to its buildings, from its dramatic hilliness to its music, from its local ale houses to the countryside which engulfs it. This book is my essence of Sheffield.”

Professor Vanessa Toulmin, Director of City and Culture at the University of Sheffield, said "As part of the Cultural Destinations project, we have worked closely with Michael Glover to help develop the content for this wonderful book which captures the beauty and quirkiness of the city of Sheffield.

“We are delighted to now see this book on the shelves which firmly places Sheffield as one of the wonderful cities around the world to visit."

The 111 Places illustrated guidebook series presents cities, regions and even whole countries from a wonderfully different and personal perspective. They actively encourage the traveller to go off the beaten path to find the hidden places, stories, shops and neighbourhoods that unlock a destination’s true character, history, and flavour.

The book is the first guide book about Sheffield to be specifically commissioned by a publisher and reflects the eye of the writer.

The book will be released at an event at the University of Sheffield next week (Wednesday 6 December 2017), and will be available at a number of retailers including Amazon, Waterstones and Blackwells, as well as independent book shops.

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Additional information

About the author
Michael Glover was born in Fir Vale, Sheffield, and educated at Firs Hill Primary School, Firth Park Grammar School and Queens' College, Cambridge University.

He is a poet and art critic for the Independent, poetry editor of the Tablet, fiction writer, editor and publisher, who has also contributed regularly to The Times, the Financial Times, the New Statesman and The Economist.

He has been a London correspondent for ArtNews, New York. His on-line, international poetry journal, The Bow-Wow Shop ( first went online in 2009. His most recent books are: Great Works: Encounters with Art (Prestel, 2016), Only So Much (his seventh collection of poetry), Headlong into Pennilessness, a memoir of growing up in Sheffield, and its newly published sequel Playing Out in the Radio Days.

The University of Sheffield
With almost 27,000 of the brightest students from over 140 countries, learning alongside over 1,200 of the best academics from across the globe, the University of Sheffield is one of the world’s leading universities.

A member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research-led institutions, Sheffield offers world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines.

Unified by the power of discovery and understanding, staff and students at the university are committed to finding new ways to transform the world we live in.

Sheffield is the only university to feature in The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2017 and was voted number one university in the UK for Student Satisfaction by Times Higher Education in 2014. In the last decade it has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life.

Sheffield has six Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and its alumni go on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence all over the world, making significant contributions in their chosen fields.

Global research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, AstraZeneca, Glaxo SmithKline, Siemens and Airbus, as well as many UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.


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Maddy Wainwright
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University of Sheffield
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