Film ID: YFA 5244 Video of YFA_5244 Broomhall and Castle Market.mp4 BROOMHALL AND CASTLE MARKET c.1965 Visitor TabsDescription This is a short film made by Sheffield University Student Film Unit showing a derelict housing area in Broomhall and a busy newly opened Castle Market. The film begins showing a few derelict houses in an area of demolished housing at the back of Viners factory, possibly around Aberdeen Street. A view through a doorway shows St Silas Church nearby. As the camera pans around the site, there is a road at the end with inhabited houses, and two female students stand among the rubble. In one place there is a row of outside toilets half buried within a pile of bricks. One has the remains of a newspaper on the floor. The film switches to show shoppers wandering around Castle Market. A neon lit sign shows what is on each floor. The camera moves unsteadily among the shoppers milling about outside and the film comes to an end. Context It’s a case of out with the old and in with the new as half demolished terraced houses, outside loos and all, are contrasted with a new look to Sheffield’s 1960s city shopping centre. An interesting example of students at Sheffield University making a Cinéma vérité film of a derelict housing area in Broomhall prior to being replaced by flats, together with the everyday detritus left behind; and then wandering among the shoppers of the recently extended Castle Market with a hand held camera. Sheffield University had a thriving Film Unit in the 1960s and early 1970s which made a rich mix of fascinating films. Many of the films reflect an interest in documenting the social life of the city, as seen here. Sheffield still had derelict slum areas well into the 1970s, despite the earlier developments such as Park Hill. This area was around Broomhall, not far from the University, identified by the Viners factory and St Silas Church, possibly around Aberdeen Street. This was soon to also have flats built on it. Castle Market was a wonderful motley collection of stalls and shops in the city centre opened in 1959. It was celebrated in 2013 when it closed in the community heritage project Trading Histories.