Sunday 1 March 2009

Paxman's nod to 'Steel City'

Jeremy Paxman's 'The Victorians' (screened this evening on BBC1) included an early reference to Sheffield, whose inhabitants produced half the world's steel in the mid-nineteenth century:

For a day in the Steel City, known to locals as Shiny Sheffield, make sure you join the New History Lab trip this Saturday. Congregating at the front of Sheffield station between 11.05 and 11.15, or leaving Leicester on the 10.04 train. I have checked with East Midlands Trains and sadly they aren't prepared to delay for us, so do be there (usually platform 2) by 10.00 with your ticket at the ready!

Allegedly the winter is on its way back this week, so bring your big coat too. Pink wristbands alone may not keep the Yorkshire cold at bay.