Our Broomhall

The Broomhall Centre

Background

Working with a range of local community groups and heritage professionals, the Our Broomhall heritage project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and aims to capture and record the changing history and diverse nature of the area. The project is providing training in heritage and other transferable skills that will help participants contribute more to community life in the future. Local residents are being trained in oral history techniques to help them gather their neighbour's stories using film, audio and modern digital media technologies. Using these as well as archives & archaeological skills, we will explore the historical development of the area and the role of the local Broomhall community Centre within living memory. Uncovering the hidden heritage and social history of Broomhall will enable a more positive story to be told about the area and create a more positive identity within the city of Sheffield.

Project outcomes:

• An increase in heritage skills and other transferable skills for a diverse group of participants and volunteers

• More local people engaged in their community

• A greater sense of cohesion in the area

• A more positive historical record of Broomhall’s past and present

Project outputs:

• An online web resource and archive resource to include film, audio and digital media oral history interviews, images, and artworks

• A printed publication/book

• Local events and dissemination of research

• An exhibition and roadshow programme

Other organisations involved:

The Broomhall Centre, The Broomhall GoG/Group of Groups, Sheffield Archives, University of Sheffield, Oral History Society, Unity Gym, Silverdale School, Springfield School, Broomhill Infants School.

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