Interview with photographer Tony Allwright

A local shutterbug in the late 1970s

Tony lived in Broomhall during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Roaming the area with his beloved Zeiss Ikon camera, the numerous photos he took now provide an invaluable visual record.

Theresa, one of our project volunteers met with Tony to go through his photos in detail before starting to digitise the collection for our website. She wrote this piece about him for the ‘Broomhall News’ newsletter in February 2013:

“Tony moved from from Bristol to Sheffield in 1969 to study at Sheffield University and lived on Wilkinson Street. Later he moved to Victoria Row on the Broomhall Flats. Tony had an interest in social housing which Sheffield was known for and wanted to make a record of how the Broomhall area was changing during the 70s and early 80s, due to the regeneration that was happening in the Broomhall area at the time.

“As a volunteer worker for the Our Broomhall project it was really interesting going through the photo collection with Tony, identifying the different places and putting dates to them. I am in the process of digitising them all and cataloguing them.”

After later seeing how we had presented his photographs and transparencies on our website to share with the world, Tony wrote us this response:

“Viewing the archived photos that I donated to the Our Broomhall project has been a pleasure, rekindling many memories of Broomhall as it was in the 70s and 80s. I am impressed with the presentation of the archive. My thanks and best wishes to those involved.”

Click here to explore galleries of Tony’s photos


This page was added by Richard Freeston on 30/01/2015.

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