Celebrating Sheffield’s Heritage

Sheffield has an international reputation for steel production and is often referred to as the Steel City. It was this that established it as one of England’s main industrial cities and its steel industry is still celebrated today.

From 1916, on the cobbled streets of Sheffield, an elephant called Lizzie was employed throughout the First World War as the city ’s horses were enrolled by the military. Lizzie played an important role as she had to cart heavy loads of steel and machinery through the city’s streets for Thomas Ward Ltd – a job previously done by horses.

Herd of Sheffield will celebrate the 100th anniversary of this special elephant and reaffirm the legacy of innovation which still exists in our city today.