Project to tell Sheffield’s stories

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MEMORIES of the Manor are to be collected as part of a new community project which will see residents recalling good times and bad from over eight decades.

The initiative is one of 15 across the county to be given Heritage Lottery funding, following support from Sheffield University.

The Manor research will recruit around 100 people from the estate to explore and record its past, from its creation to the period in the 1980s when it was described by Roy Hattersley as the worst in the UK.

The work will also look at recent regeneration programmes which have turned the area around, creating a more united community.

Grants of up to £10,000 have been awarded through the new All Our Stories programme, designed to encourage groups to share and celebrate their heritage.

A university team worked with over 30 groups on the proposals, and will provide academic support for the successful organisations.

Other projects will see homeless and vulnerable young people at Sheffield’s Roundabout charity researching their family history, while the Bengali Women’s Support group will be exploring their rich musical heritage.

The Sheffield Irish Association will document the arrival of their community in Sheffield, particularly the area round St Vincent’s Church known as Little Ireland.

Digging Deep under the Cemetery will see Friends of Burngreave Cemetery investigate the heritage of the site, focusing on the lives of the mining community who lived in the area.

The recreational lives of the people of Heeley from the 1920s to the present day will be explored in a project aiming to develop an archive of social life, including images and records of working men’s clubs, boys and girls’ brigades, churches, guilds and co-ops.

Another scheme will provide an opportunity for recent and long-term asylum seekers living in Sheffield to tell their stories through audio, photography and artwork.