Dig Where You Stand – Excavating Untold Stories: chat and performance

Saturday, 19th March 2022

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Samuel Worth Chapel, Sheffield General Cemetery



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.


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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

Find out more about the Dig Where You Stand project by following this link: https://nowthenmagazine.com/news/equality/dig-where-you-stand-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.

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.

Samuel Worth Chapel, Sheffield General Cemetery
Cemetery Avenue
S11 8NT