Reflections from South Yorkshire


The Teenage Wildlife project is working with Barnsley Museums and other partners to record the teenage experiences of Barnsley residents from the last 70 years. The project will explore the impact on Eldon Street and wider area by Barnsley youth cultures. Local and past residents are sharing their stories and photographs in monthly themed callouts, including topics such as music, fashion, youth employment, education, cinema, theatre, pubs, and youth clubs. These will be shared as part of a new Teenage Wildlife digital archive during the second year of the project. There will also be pop-up exhibitions and the development of a brand-new piece of community theatre, inspired by Barnsley’s Teenage Wildlife stories. For more information see:


Rotherham Museums and Archives are working with the BAME community of Rotherham to record older generations’ life stories, focusing on older men who worked in the steel industry and moved to Rotherham from the Mangal Dam region of Pakistan. The project, funded by the NLHF, aims to create a sense of place and identity amongst the Pakistani community and promote community cohesion and wellbeing. The BAME community of Rotherham have suffered disproportionately from COVID 19, this has greatly impacted on the mental wellbeing of the whole community. The oral history collection and associated historical documents will result in an exhibition at Clifton Park Museum.


A Heritage Lottery funded project has recorded oral histories of climbing and mountaineering women who belong to the Pinnacle Club. The oral histories are now deposited with the British Library. The group made a short film based on the oral histories that won an award ​​in the British Mountaineering Council’s Women’s Film competition.

The recordings have also been used in an exhibition ‘Women with Altitude’, using QR codes for visitors to access them. The exhibition will go online in early 2022, the planned host is the Alpine Club website

The oral history in palliative care project at the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, resumed in December following 21 months of closure due to Covid-19. After such a long pause there is work to be done to re-establish the project but early signs are hopeful and the project volunteers remain keen to continue. The project runs with the Division of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sheffield. For more information please see: use another link

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