Researching Community Heritage

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The Story of St Barnabas Road

Young people from Roundabout, a Sheffield-based youth housing charity, researched the history of the houses that they now find themselves living in: looking at how the houses have been used since the eighteenth century, researching their personal family histories over this period and finding out how attitudes towards vulnerable and minority groups in society have changed.

The young people worked with Karen Harvey who led a tour of Paradise Square and Bank Street Arts, a converted Georgian town house where she is a Researcher in Residence. Archaeology and History undergraduates worked alongside the researchers from Roundabout to examine trade directories, census data, newspapers and early maps. To connect the past with the present, David Forrest from the School of English helped shape new narratives and stories with the young people who recorded their personal journey to the hostel and what the building means to them.

Dr Karen Harvey, Dr David Forrest & Dr Kim Marwood