Reading Sheffield

Reading Sheffield is a series of community history projects gathering and connecting the experience of reading in Sheffield during the last three hundred years. The ways readers find books are rooted in their place and time, and so each city’s or town’s reading culture is unique. Our members, who are all volunteers, bring interests and expertise in teaching, research, art, poetry and communications to the group. Our sponsors include Sheffield Town Trust, Sheffield Hallam University’s Humanities Research Centre and the Aviva Community Fund.

We have recorded interviews with 60 people brought up in Sheffield in the mid-20th century and made these available on our website. We have researched the history of Sheffield’s 18th and 19th century subscription libraries. We have worked with local schools on children’s experiences of reading and held a poetry reading and art exhibition based on our reader interviews. We publish our supporting research on our website blog and speak at conferences and to local groups.