Date: 19th March 2022

Time: 6-8pm

Location: Sheffield General Cemetery Samuel Worth Chapel

Ticket Price: Free

Food & Drink available

How do we confront the violence of the archive?  

How do we honour the lives of ordinary people from the past, particularly those who were marginalised and oppressed in their own time?

How might the archive become a space for social justice?

In this free in-person event, Désirée Reynolds, Cheryl Bailey and Otis Mensah discuss their experience of discovering Black and marginalised voices in the archives, share some of the fascinating stories that emerged, and highlight the importance of digging where you stand.

Dig Where You Stand is a movement, go discover your archives today.

Désirée Reynolds is a writer and educator who launched the Dig Where You Stand project whilst working as Sheffield City Archives’ Writer in Residence 2021.

Cheryl Bailey is a senior archivist for Sheffield City Archives and is lead archivist on the Dig Where You Stand project.

Otis Mensah is a multimedia artist and former Poet Laureate of Sheffield who produced a commissioned poem for Dig Where You Stand based on the life of Samuel Morgan Smith, an African-American Shakespearean actor who settled in Sheffield in the late nineteenth century.

Find out more about the Dig Where You Stand project by following this link:

This event is brought to you by Sheffield Archives, National Lottery Heritage Funded ‘Parks for People’ Project at Sheffield General Cemetery and The University of Sheffield. Thanks to National Lottery Players.