Every year, the university runs the Storying in Sheffield project which is based in the School of English that engages students in the local communit. As part of this, students involved in the project talk to different people and capture their stories of Sheffield in creative ways. I recently went to the end of year exhibition where I got the opportunity to check out Sheffield’s stories and here are my favorite stories.
Once upon a time, there was a man who devoted his life to the care of his rabbits. The exhibition (which was set inside a rabbit hutch) showed the impact of the rabbits on his life and how he overcame issues in his life.
My other favourite was about Eileen. She moved eventually to Sheffield from Ireland. This exhibition “all roads lead to Sheffield” showed all of the issues and triumphs of her life including childhood in post war London and eviction in the late ’80s. This was a very thought provoking exhibition and really showed the issues that Eileen faced on personal level.
This one day exhibition was great and if you get an opportunity to go to any of the other events that Storying in Sheffield put on throughout the year, please go!
Do you want to get involved? If you are in the English department, you can opt to do this as one of your modules. However, if you still want to get involved in local history, the After Storying Sheffield project is looking for volunteers to get involved. For more information, check out the After Storying website.