FROM THE EDITOR: Why your stories are writing the history of Sheffield

It is memories of people and what we did for each other that will be most prominent when we look back at this pandemic.

Tuesday, 14th July 2020, 12:02 pm

A Sheffield artist has captured his wife’s experience, as an emergency nurse practitioner during Covid-19, on canvas.

Acts of kindness or the opposite are what stick with us and shape us as we make our way through life.

In 2020 we all shared an experience which is bound to be studied by historians for generations to come.

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Sheffield artist Andrew Hunt painted his wife Kate, an ENP in Sheffield's A&E department, to create a work of art that captures the moment. Andrew, Kate, Winnie and George with the painting. Photo: Brian Eyre.

It isn’t difficult to imagine it forming exam questions for teenagers in future decades and it is rather strange to imagine how differently they might see it to how we feel about it today.

That thought was what popped into my mind when I saw the incredible painting, which Andrew Hunt created of his wife, Kate.

In my opinion, you can’t beat a work of art that is so realistic, it looks like a photo.

But there is so much more to this particular painting.

It tells the story of a Sheffield woman.

She is a mother and a wife but she is also one of many who has battled to save lives in circumstances none of us could have imagined at the start of the year.

As the artist himself says: “It’s a piece of public art, that archives a moment in history, so I feel like it needs to be seen.”

It would be wonderful if a home could be found for it in Sheffield, surrounded by other reminders of a time that has made us examine ourselves as individuals, communities and a city.

I am proud of the role your local newspaper has played in documenting those moments and those stories of Sheffielders like the Hunt family.

The Star has recorded some incredible moments in this city for almost 140 years through the tales of its people.

I want to thank you for the incredible support you give us in doing that and also invite you to get in touch with the story of your family so we can document it for sharing.

Sheffield is the people who live, work and play here.

We are Sheffield and we all have a story to tell.

You can email me nancy.fiel[email protected]; call 0114 2521340 or write to Nancy Fielder, Editor, The Star, The Balance, 2 Pinfold Street, Sheffield, S1 2GU.

Family memories and shared experiences are what creates a city so please do get in touch.