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Small and often disregarded artefacts and fragments can be as illuminating, valuable and powerful as longer, more 'complete' stories.
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The Putter

    This film was made by Shaun Bloodworth for our ‘Steel Stories’ project. Ernest Wright & Sons of Sheffield is the last remaining hand manufacturer of scissors. The film documents ‘Putter’ Cliff Denton – literally a ‘putter-togetherer’ of scissors. … Continue reading

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The King of the Mojo Club

  This film was made by Amy Wells for the This Is Our City event in May 2014.   The King Mojo Club (often known just as the Mojo) was a nightclub in Pitsmoor, Sheffield which was open between 1964 … Continue reading

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Barry Can’t Arf Weld

  This film was made by Shaun Bloodworth for our ‘Steel Stories’ project. It presents the large scale forging of special steels at Firth Rixson in Sheffield, and focuses on the skills of the men working at the River Don … Continue reading

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Object texts by Chrissy.

These texts are by Chrissy. See the bottom of the post for more information about her. Click the images to enlarge.                         Chrissy Bonham   Chrissy is 30 years … Continue reading

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Narrative and Memory

Polly is a student currently taking the Storying Sheffield course. In this reflective and moving piece she remembers her father, Ivan, and discusses narrative and memory.        These photos were taken mid 1970s on the bog in Co- … Continue reading

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Mike’s Journey

     

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Grass

Many thanks to Chrissy for sharing this story. At the bottom of the post is some information about Chrissy.     Throughout the winter, the grass had been quietly remembering the summer. It still felt the area where a disposable … Continue reading

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Storying Sheffield

A city is comprised of complex fabrics woven from its physical spaces and the lives of the people who inhabit them.  To understand a city, one needs to study both the stories of these lives, and the spaces in which they unfold.

 

Storying Sheffield is about narrative, community, arts/wellbeing, mental health & place. Read more here.

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  • Mental Echo

      This project is led by Charlotte Conway. Charlotte’s research interests are the uses of personal narratives and recovery stories within the Hearing Voices Movement.   Charlotte is employed by Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust. She divides … Continue reading

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      Exhibition details   Marking the 100th anniversary of the invention of stainless steel, this project will produce a series of vivid portraits and narratives of a diverse range of individuals who have worked in the industry. The project will … Continue reading

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    22nd October, The Showroom, Sheffield: Special film screenings for Black History Month. Click here for more information.     We Are Here is a ‘widening participation’ project based in the School of English at the University of Sheffield. It aims … Continue reading

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      Storying Sheffield is working closely with the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, Sheffield City Council and a range of third sector organisations on an exciting new project in the Abbeydale and Sharrow areas of the city.   Read more here.   … Continue reading

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      You zi is a digital storytelling project which works with Chinese students to share stories of life in Sheffield.     The You zi project has involved Storying Sheffield’s David Forrest and photographer Gemma Thorpe working with Chinese students who have … Continue reading

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    Sheffield Film Studies & Sheffield Studies Film: City, Image, Memory       Drawing on a range of interdisciplinary approaches to issues of space, landscape, and the city, Sheffield Film Studies and Sheffield Studies Film is a project which works … Continue reading

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      An important part of the University of Sheffield’s mission and strategy is rooted in its founding principles, in which civic responsibility and engagement were and are a central component. The Storying Sheffield course and wider project is contributing to … Continue reading

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    This section introduces the ways in which the techniques and ethos of storying has been used in mental health contexts. [under construction]     See also: Working in secure psychiatric facilities.   Links to follow   Recovery   Training materials … Continue reading

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            Much of Storying Sheffield’s activities include partnership working with groups and institutions.  These include local authorities, museums and galleries, NHS Trusts, social enterprises, community centres, local artists and businesses, and arts festivals. Some examples of our partnership work … Continue reading

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        Storying Sheffield engages in various research projects closely allied to its activities and themes. The Storying Sheffield project itself emerged from a strong research base. Current research includes David Forrest’s work on film, and Brendan Stone’s research on … Continue reading


News and Events

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  The Daft Craft Raft Race is an amazing event at which artists construct weird and wonderful rafts, and race them down the River Porter in Endcliffe Park, Sheffield! The event raises money for charities, and this year funds are … Continue reading

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  As part of the John Lewis partnership with Barnados, Brendan Stone of Storying Sheffield will be hosting Story Time in the John Lewis store in Sheffield on Saturday June 21st from 12-2pm.     From John Lewis:   Join … Continue reading

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  The Seasons art exhibition will display work created by people in Sheffield who live with mental health difficulties. It will run from Wednesday 18th June to Saturday 21st June at 35 Chapel Walk, Sheffield.   To download a brochure, … Continue reading

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  BE PART OF: Ida Barr’s Mash Up show at the Festival of the Mind, Sheffield.   We are looking for elders, young people, community groups, and community social/music/choir/dance groups to join an exciting intergenerational choir project that will perform … Continue reading

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  Steel Stories is an exhibition of visual, textual, and aural representations of the steel industry in Sheffield produced by photographers and filmmakers Shaun Bloodworth and Andy Brown who have worked with Brendan Stone, Matt Colbeck, and undergraduate students of … Continue reading

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  Sheffield’s Shakespeare — A Community Reading Group Thursday 29th May, 6:00-7:30pm At Eten Café, York Street, Sheffield This week: 2 Henry VI     Sheffield’s Shakespeare is an inclusive reading and discussion group open to anyone and everyone.   … Continue reading

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  Turn a Leaf is a newly formed mental health support group in Sheffield which started on 3 April 2014 and was developed by Tammy Raines. Tammy developed the group after attending SPACES (Adult Mental Health Day Services) in Sheffield … Continue reading

THIS IS OUR CITY 2014

  May 12th, 2014. Showroom Cinema, Sheffield.  

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  Head-Lines: Writing from Survivors of Coma and Brain Injury Date: Thursday 1 May, 2014 – 6.30pm-9pm Venue: St George’s Church, Sheffield Tickets: Free, register for your ticket at http://headlines-writingfromsurvivors.eventbrite.co.uk   Head-Lines is the second anthology of creative writing produced … Continue reading

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  The next meeting of the Sheffield Arts and Wellbeing Network will take place on Monday 7th April at 6.30pm.   The presenter will be Brendan Stone who will be talking about the Storying Sheffield project, and in particular about … Continue reading

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This is the second post by Jessica Yates on The Sheffield Black Atlantic Project, which is exploring Sheffield’s connections with the trans-Atlantic slave trade. To read the first post, click here.   Silhouette portrait of Hannah Kilham. (From the Memoir … Continue reading

Mental Echo

This guest post is by Charlotte Conway. Charlotte’s research interests are the uses of personal narratives and recovery stories within the Hearing Voices Movement. To read more about Charlotte, click here.     As he enters the ward, the man … Continue reading

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Festival of Wellbeing   On May 28th 2014, the ‘New Connections‘ networking event and symposium was held in Sheffield which explored the themes of arts/ health/ humanities/ wellbeing, with a focus on developing collaborations and partnerships, facilitating, generating, and supporting … Continue reading

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This is the text of a speech given by Sue Sibbald to the NHS Confederation annual conference in Liverpool on Friday 6th June, 2014. Many thanks to Sue for sharing this. To read more about Sue, see the end of … Continue reading

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This guest post is by Mat Robinson. Mat is a brilliant photographer who works for the Peak District Tourist board, Visit Peak District, and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. He is also doing a PhD in cosmology! See the end … Continue reading

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The Sheffield Black Atlantic Project is exploring Sheffield’s connections with the trans-Atlantic slave trade. This post is by Jessica Yates.   This image shows hoes which were produced in Sheffield but used on the plantations in the West Indies by … Continue reading

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Many thanks to Nat Johnson for this guest post. Nat is a songwriter, singer and guitarist and the former leader of Monkey Swallows the Universe and Nat Johnson & the Figureheads. To read more, see the end of this post. … Continue reading

Representing Dementia
March 20, 2014
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In this guest post, Laura Savidge, a final year undergraduate studying English Literature at Sheffield University, writes about her research project on narrative, identity and dementia. Laura is keen to work in mental health, and at the end of the … Continue reading

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Steel Stories is a current project in which three photographers and film-makers are producing visual narratives of the steel industry in Sheffield. They are accompanied on their shoots by students from the School of English who are writing reflections on … Continue reading

Steel Sonnets
March 4, 2014
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Steel Stories is a current project in which three photographers and film-makers are producing visual narratives of the steel industry in Sheffield. They are accompanied on their shoots by students from the School of English who are writing reflections on … Continue reading

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Jeremy: Perceptions

  Natalie and Leyla worked with Jeremy to create a film about his life.          

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More story fragments.

  These are story fragments, focused on ‘trees’, from a recent Storying Sheffield workshop. The stories are written by 2nd year undergraduate students.                  

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Trees. A fragment.

                  This is a story fragment on the subject of ‘trees’ from a recent workshop at a mental health day centre in Sheffield. Many thanks to the author for allowing us to share it here.    

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‘I might…’ World Mental Health Day: Poetry Competition winner

Each year the University of Sheffield supports World Mental Health Day (WMHD) on the 10th of October and this year’s theme was ‘mental health is for everyone’. The underlying message was that we all deserve our mental health and through … Continue reading

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A picture of central Sheffield

      I put my forehead on the window I feel the cold pulse of the night behind these lenses that look like mine I look at a narrow street in central Sheffield the mist, the walls, the bricks, … Continue reading

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Storying Abbeydale

  Click on the image to download an interactive Powerpoint show, created by Beth Monks for the Hearing Community Stories project (formerly ‘Researching Community stories’). There are multiple routes through the presentation, and if you pause on the screen, further … Continue reading

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Salomée’s Sheffield experience

Salomée Ornetti is a university student from France who is currently studying in Sheffield on the Erasmus scheme. She is also a talented photographer, and here she shares images and words about her experience of Sheffield and the UK.   … Continue reading

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“I value other people more than I value myself.”

A story of caring, disability, family, and love.     Zoe, Amy, Duncan, and Jess worked with Alister and Angela to create a series of pieces, one of which is the film linked here.   “Alister and Angela are a … Continue reading

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‘Psychosis’. A poem

This poem has been shared by a local writer who wishes to be known simply as “a Sheffield psychiatric patient”.       Psychosis     Untethered from my past and cast adrift I reach for the profound and lose … Continue reading

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Displacement: Lisa & Liv

  Lisa and Liv created a film to capture Lisa’s experience of growing up in the countryside and of living, and raising her son, in Sheffield, and the challenges she faces here. The film was accompanied by a suitcase installation. … Continue reading

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The tram (and the red shadow)

Many thanks to Anne Fielding for sharing this story about her mother, Nellie McQueen, who worked in the Sheffield steel mills during WWII. Anne says of her mother, “She wore a red overall and the girls used to call her … Continue reading

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Wild Flowers

  Emma and Georgina worked with Michelle to tell her story through the medium of a family album, a story which speaks of “family, positivity, breaking free and hope”.