Blink and you’ll miss it: A scratch and sniff walk around Sheffield


Chloe Glover

You can see it, hear it feel it and even taste it. But Victoria Henshaw believes that our experience of a city would not be complete were it not for the smells we encounter along the way. On a recent trip to Sheffield I followed her as she tried to nose out smells that create lasting impacts on people’s perceptions of the city.

As a regular visitor to the SteelCity I know its landmarks, its people’s dialects and the realisation of how unfit I am when I ascend one of its seven hills. Yet what is harder to ascertain is how it smells, especially now that some of its most famous 20th century ones, the steelworks and Wards Bitter brewery, have gone.

Victoria, an urban design and town planning lecturer at the University of Sheffield, helped a group of us resolve that. She started leading walks around the…

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