Atkinsons Sheffield: The only department store in town wants your photos for 150th anniversary videos

Interior of the store in the 70s.
Interior of the store in the 70s.

Atkinson’s team is working with local production company Open House Pictures to produce the videos.

Atkinsons Marketing Director David Cartwright said: “We are delighted to be working with Joe and Dan of Open House Pictures on a series of short videos we have planned to celebrate our 150th anniversary.

“The first of these will be to celebrate our rich history, as Atkinson continues to be an integral part of the Sheffield landscape and many Sheffield residents have memories or stories of Atkinsons to share. We will also be using this platform to keep people informed about a series of events we have planned and to come and join us in our celebrations.

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Open House Pictures co-founder Joe Palmer said, “We couldn’t be more excited to help Atkinson celebrate his big birthday and engage with the public to share his fond memories of the store. will make the video even more special.

John Atkinson opened his first shop on The Moor, then known as South Street, in 1872, selling ribbons and beads.

Over the course of several years the store expanded, then just before the turn of the century the founder developed a large store on the site where Atkinson now stands.

The store has survived two world wars – it was leveled in the Sheffield Blitz of 1940 – and many recessions.

The store, now a Sheffield institution, even had a zoo in the 1930s, from which a crocodile escaped before being found at the bottom of a lift shaft.

Atkinson’s is now the only department store in town after the closure of John Lewis and Debenhams.

The video producers would love to see anything from photos of the building, shots from inside the store and beyond to help mark the anniversary.

If you have any to share, contact Open House Pictures by email [email protected] or call them on 0114 205 1516.