The City of Sheffield

City of History and Heritage

Sheffield England is known all over the world for its historical heritage in the steel, cutlery, engineering and toolmaking industries. As far back as the 14th century, Sheffield was noted for the production of knives and by 1600 it had become the main centre of cutlery production in England, overseen by the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire.

In the early 18th century, Sheffield resident Benjamin Huntsman secured the city's steelmaking heritage with his enhancement of the crucible steel process, allowing a much better production quality of steel than had previously been possible.


Also at this time, another Sheffield resident, Thomas Boulsover, invented Sheffield plate, a layered combination of silver and copper that was used for many years to produce a wide range of household articles. These included buttons, caddy spoons, candlesticks, tea and coffee services, trays, tankards and pitchers. In fact, almost every article made in sterling silver was also crafted by Sheffield makers using the Sheffield plate process to produce nearly identical wares at far less cost.

Sheffield remained a major industrial city throughout the first half of the 20th century and still has significant steel and engineering works. In the last two decades, however, Sheffield has undergone a dramatic regeneration, becoming a great place to visit and attracting over four million tourists every year.

Green City

Built on seven hills and five river valleys, and surrounded by open countryside, Sheffield is England's greenest city – it has four trees to every person, and more than a third of the city is actually in the Peak National Park. It is an ideal touring centre for the Peak District, and there's nowhere better in Britain for outdoor pursuits like cycling, walking, climbing, caving, hang-gliding and riding.


Sightseers are spoilt for choice too. Close to Sheffield are many historic country houses, castles and gardens, including Chatsworth House, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and the setting for films such as The Duchess. Two evocative museums at Kelham Island and Abbeydale Hamlet recall the city's industrial heritage. Plus, as far from the sea as you can get in England, we have Victoria Quays, Sheffield's peaceful canal waterfront in the heart of the city centre.

City of Culture and Leisure

Sheffield is the leisure capital of its region, with the largest theatre complex outside London, including the Crucible, famous as the venue for the World Snooker Championships. The city is also proud of its diverse concert and show venues such as the Victorian City Hall, the modern Sheffield Arena and the O2 Academy.


The continuing regeneration of the city centre has brought exciting new developments such as the Peace Gardens, the Millennium Gallery and the Winter Garden, all of which are within a few minutes walk of the conference venue, and well worth a visit. The Winter Garden is the largest temperate glasshouse in any European city centre, housing a superb display of more than 2,500 exotic plants from around the globe.

Key Dates

Early bird registration
Friday 9 May 2014

Final delegate registration
Friday 13 June 2014