Monthly Archives: June 2015

Meet the Project 25th June

The coffee morning held at the Parish Council Offices was the first in a series of ‘Meet the Project’ events where people can find out more about the project and the opportunities there are to get involved.

It was organised by the project co-ordinator helped by Beth and Clare, two work experience students from Ecclesfield School. We set out a selection of archiving material,presently stored in the Council Offices, for people to look at.

There was lots of enthusiasm for the project, offers of help and much discussion. It also generated some new ideas that can be followed up.

Grenoside Gala 20th June

I really enjoyed going along to the Gala on 20th June. On the way I called in to St Mark’s Church. Whilst the flower festival had taken place a week earlier the flower displays were still in the church and looked good. I had a chat with a couple there and looked at the history display as well as the church itself. It was also an opportunity to shelter from a sharp shower! I wasn’t at the Gala formally but took the opportunity to talk to some of the groups and hand out flyers. Hopefully this will bring in more new contacts, requests for talks and more involvement with the project. I’m already thinking I need to book a project space for next year.

New exhibition on Health at Grenoside Reading Rooms

I went along to the talk at the Reading Rooms on 18th June which was linked to the new exhibition on Health in the Grenoside area put together by the Local History Group. It was very interesting and gave a good insight into the progress made in medicine and the way that attitudes to health have changed. The talk drew on the work for the series of display boards around the Reading Room. These cover different aspects of health and medicine. In particular I was struck by the number of hospitals around the Grenoside area linked to Wortley RDC; the isolation hospitals being necessary in the pre-antibiotic era and where many lived in overcrowded households which lacked proper sanitation. There was a discussion at the end about scarlet fever and of households being unable to use their wells because of fear of contamination from nearby middens. A very different situation from today. I was able to have a few minutes to publicise the archiving project at the start of the evening which was appreciated.

Volunteering Opportunities

There is a range of opportunities for people to get involved in the project. The opportunities include:

Cataloguing & Recording Archive Material

Scanning & Digitising Archive Material

Archive Website Testing & Support

Reminiscence and Oral History Work

Helping at Events

Sourcing & Contributing New Material

More details about each of these can be found in the list downloadable here.

If you would like to discuss any of these opportunities please get in touch with Christine at the Parish Council Office or come along to the Coffee Morning on 25th June.

Oral History Training – introductory workshop

On Saturday 18th July there will be a 1-day workshop led by Dr Michelle Winslow, Oral History Society regional trainer, for local volunteers to find out how to carry out an oral history project from deciding who to interview to publishing their memories. This is part of the remit of the archiving project and interviews made will form part of the project’s records. Places are limited to 12 people so pre-booking is essential. The workshop is free and lunch & refreshments will be provided. The workshop will take place at Grenoside Reading Rooms. A copy of the outline programme can be seen here. If you are interested in the workshop please phone 284 5095 or email

Tea Time Reminiscences

This is an afternoon event at Chapeltown Library on 2nd July. Over a cup of tea and piece of cake we will be chatting about how looking after house and family have changed in the last 60+ years. This will be aided by a reminiscence box provided by Sheffield City Libraries, old photographs, pamphlets and books to get people talking about life before automation and digital shopping! The material collected from the afternoon will be used as part of the archiving project. Places are limited so booking is advisable. Please phone 284 5095, email or give your name to the library staff at Chapeltown library if you would like to come.

25th June Coffee Morning – Meet the Project

This is taking place at the Parish Council offices between 10am and 12noon. It has been organised for prospective volunteers to come along and find out more about the project and how they may be able to get involved. There will be a range of local history material on display and a preview of the new website as well as a chance to chat informally about the project. Everyone is welcome and there is no obligation to sign up for volunteering!

June Grenoside events

The archiving project will be making three appearances in Grenoside during June. The first is on Thursday 18th June when Christine, the project co-ordinator, will be talking briefly about the project before the opening of the new history exhibition at the Reading Rooms. She will then (hopefully) be visiting the Gala on 20th June so she can informally talk to groups and individuals about the project. On 29th June, Christine has been invited to go along to the regular Reading Rooms’ lunch to talk about the project. She will have work experience students from Ecclesfield with her and will bring some material to display as well as talking about what is happening.