Photo exhibition explores £9m revamp of iconic Sheffield city centre building

Exterior picture of the for post office in Fitzalan Square.
Exterior picture of the for post office in Fitzalan Square.

An exhibition looking at the regeneration of one of Sheffield’s most iconic buildings opens this week.

Autopsy: Transforming the Head Post Office is a photographic story of the former head post office in Fitzalan Square - now Sheffield Hallam University’s Sheffield Institute of Arts following a £9 million renovation.

The work took several months to transform the Grade II-listed building last year, which had stood empty since 1999.

India Hobson took thousands of photographs while exploring the building throughout the redevelopment - from abandoned shell to the new university arts base.

The exhibition, which is part of the University’s Catalyst Festival of Creativity, will display a selection of the images.

India said: “I wandered the maze of corridors and made friends with the peeling paintwork inside this incredible building and now I get to share the images I made as part of the Catalyst festival. I’ve been working with an incredible team to produce an exhibition and catalogue that will hopefully show people the building’s hidden beauty.”

An accompanying book, also called Autopsy, which was designed by Sheffield-based creative agency Dust, will be released today.

The publication features an essay by graphic design lecturer Joanne Lee, along with images from the show and information about the building itself.

The free exhibition will be in the Sheffield Institute of Arts gallery until October 29.

Catalyst Festival of Creativity features 28 different creative projects across the city. Visit