Delving into Sheffield street’s history

Youngsters staying at homeless charity Roundabout's hostel in Sheffield are researching the history of St Barnabas Road''CREDIT: Justine Gaubert of Silent Cities.
Youngsters staying at homeless charity Roundabout's hostel in Sheffield are researching the history of St Barnabas Road''CREDIT: Justine Gaubert of Silent Cities.
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A SHEFFIELD street’s history is to be researched by homeless young people.

Those staying at charity Roundabout’s emergency hostel on St Barnabas Road, Highfield, will carry out the project thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

They will look into the past of the road, which is lined with large Georgian houses, and the converted hostel building.

People who have lived or worked on the street are also being encouraged to share their memories for the initiative.

Ben Keegan, Roundabout chief executive, said: “Roundabout is delighted to have been awarded Heritage Lottery funding to explore the history of St Barnabas Road.

“Having to leave home can be a scary time for most people, and we hope that this project may also teach the young people we support about their own family history, and the history of our hostel in order to give them a greater sense of belonging.”

Roundabout runs the only direct access hostel for 16-21-year-olds in the region.

It provides shelter, support and life skills training.

Youngsters will research how the houses have been used since the eighteenth century, researching their own family histories over this period and finding out how attitudes towards vulnerable and minority groups in society have changed.

The funding for the project came from All Our Stories, a HLF small grant programme which encourages people to get involved with their heritage.

Fiona Spiers, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “Clearly the success of All Our Stories has reinforced the fact that we are indeed a nation of story tellers and that we want to explore and dig deeper into our past and discover more about what really matters to us.

“This is exactly what the grant will do for The Story of St Barnabas Road project as they embark on a real journey of discovery.”

Call Amy Casbolt at Roundabout on 0114 2536753 you have lived or worked on St Barnabas Road and want to be involved with the project.