A group of us went along to an event at Kelham Island Museum on Sunday 26th April organised by the South Yorkshire Through Time group for Sheffield Hallam University.
It was really interesting to listen to the speakers talking about some of the aspects of the industrial scale of the War from the Munitions Factories and Women’s Work and Sheffield’s role in this. We had the opportunity to look at the special exhibition that the Museum has on the War and the Home Front. It gave many talking points which were followed through after lunch with more talks about the impacts of war on local lives and how this can be brought to life in the current day through drama, displays and exhibitions.
Finally, there was a presentation and discussion about funding through the HLF’s dedicated funding stream to help local communities investigate and commemorate aspects of life during WW1. This can include all sorts of projects around daily life as well as the military and may be something that the project can support local groups to apply for.
The launch event took place at Chapeltown Library on Saturday 25th April. It was well attended with over 150 people through the day. The librarians remarked that they had been hoping to come and look at the displays but had been so busy there hadn’t been time. As well as a small display by the project, Chapeltown & High Green Archive, the Ecclesfield Conservation & Local History Group, Grenoside & District Local History Group and Heritage High Green also provided displays and talked to many of the people who visited. It was very enjoyable and the project co-ordinator now has several more volunteers and new material to look through.
There will be a small display in the library over the next few weeks which includes a couple of mystery objects we want help in identifying – please call in and see if you can help.
I was invited to give a short talk to the group on Tuesday 21st April about the project and how members can get involved. During the presentation I showed a section of a 1950s Ordnance Survey map and some photographs of the area around Stubbing House Lane. Not being local to the area, I knew little of the detail. After the talk several people came to talk to me and share their recollections of the Stubbing House area. They also told me about the bomb storage area, now the site of the crematorium and how the village had developed. My visit was quite timely as some of the older long-term residents and members of the group had started to talk about holding some reminiscence sessions to record their memories. This is something I’ll be able to support and will be contacting the group to arrange times and dates. We’ll probably be holding them in Grenoside Reading Room.
Ecclesfield Parish Council’s Past & Present Archiving Project launch event is taking place on Saturday 25th April at Chapeltown Library. Everyone is welcome to drop in between 10am and 3pm to look at the local history exhibition and find out more about the project. A formal welcome will take place at 10.30am.
There will be displays by Chapeltown & High Green Archive, Ecclesfield Conservation & Local History Group, Grenoside & District Local History Group and Heritage High Green covering different aspects of life in the area. And, as well as a display looking at the history of the Civil Parish Council & Wortley Rural District; information from Sheffield Archives & Local Studies; and a selection of the local history material available in Chapeltown Library will be on show.
We will be asking people to help identify some ‘mystery’ photos and add their ‘I remember when…’ memories to the Archiving Project. There will also be more information on how to get involved with the project and a chance to talk to local history group volunteers and local history experts.
More news and events related to the archive project will be posted on the site to keep people up to date on progress.