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Picture Sheffield celebrates 60,000th image and 15th birthday

The inventor of Liquorice Allsorts, George Bassett, is shown with his horse-drawn delivery van in 1910 Image copyright ALAMY
Image caption The inventor of Liquorice Allsorts, George Bassett, beside his his horse-drawn delivery van in 1910. The Bassetts Liquorice Allsorts Factory is now next to Hillsborough Leisure Centre

A digital archive of Sheffield pictures has added its 60,000th image 15 years after being set up by the city council.

To mark the anniversary, Picture Sheffield has produced a calendar of a dozen of the pictures.

The archive covers a 500-year period of images, from the 1500s to the present day.

It includes royal portraits, local nobility, photos from the city's cutlery trade and football heritage, landmarks, pubs, shops and people.

The earliest image in the catalogue is a 1578 portrait of Mary Queen of Scots, who was imprisoned in Sheffield in the 1500s.

Sheffield City Councillor Mazher Iqbal said the council was "incredibly proud" of the collection, which he said was one of the first digital library resources in the UK when it launched in 2000.

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Image caption The archive includes maps and plans of the city, such as this one of Sheffield and its surrounding area in 1832, by J Tayler
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Image caption Drawing of the proposed Wesleyan Grammar School on Glossop Road, 1835, which became King Edward Upper School 70 years later
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Image caption A pyramid of women from Sheffield's League of Health and Beauty in the 1930s (the organisation is now known as The Fitness League)
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Image caption Picture Sheffield reflects events, people and places in the city throughout history. This image is of a Medical Aid Society parade in Darnall in the 1930s
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Image caption Workers in the William Jessop steelworks in Brightside (date unknown). Sheffield City Council said if the 2015 calendar sells well, it could become an annual publication
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Image caption The calendar can be bought from libraries and galleries across Sheffield. This is a 1900 advert for Charles Cammell & Co Steelworks, which had various offices in Sheffield, London and Cumbria

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