Collaborative Heritage Projects Get Underway

Arch. Eng. Hist. Article 6. Image 2Students and academics team up with community groups

Under the second phase of the AHRC Connected Communities Researching Community Heritage scheme, a team of researchers from across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities have been awarded a grant to continue to work with local groups on heritage projects.

Dr Karen Harvey, from the Department of History, has been working with Roundabout Ltd, a charity which provides temporary homes for young people. Roundabout Ltd are currently investigating the history of their hostel in Sharrow which was built in the late 1700s. Dr Harvey has drawn on her expertise in the Georgian domestic interior to offer advice and guidance in a series of workshops. Young people from Roundabout Ltd have visited the Local Studies Library with the project team to analyse census data, maps and trade directories linked to their building. Undergraduate students, from the Department of History, have also undertaken independent research and will share their findings with the young people from the hostel.

Dr Esme Cleall, and PhD Researcher, Sacha Hepburn, from the Department of History, have been working with  Dr Chamu Kuppuswamy, from the School of Law, and Sheffield Hindu Samaj to research Cotton Trading in Derbyshire. A training day and cotton workshop will take place in April to explore their findings. Post Doctoral Researcher, Dr Helen Smith will be leading a visit to the Edward Carpenter Archives, where members of the Hindu Samaj can view original documents and discover Carpenter’s links with India.

Arch. Eng. Hist. Article 6. Image 1Undergraduate students from the Department of Archaeology and the School of English, have been working together to collect memories and photographs of Heeley. The students have been working with a local history group, The Heeley History Workshop, over a period of four months to produce a short film, booklet and a series of poster boards documenting social life in Heeley. Stephanie, an Archaeology student from Canada said of the project, ‘the workshops have been a very exciting and eye opening experience for me. As an exchange student, it is interesting to learn the history of the city I am living in now.’

For more information about the AHRC scheme please visit  or contact the Project Officer, Kimberley Marwood,  on 0114 2222953 or