Newsletter – March 2020

Please find below the latest information on the Sheffield Feminist Archive project, including: current campaigns, collaborations, and guidance on how to visit the archive. We hope it finds you well!

Our First Fundraiser

We have recently launched our first ever fundraising campaign! We’re hoping to raise £200 over the next eight weeks for, amongst many things: promotional materials, room hire for showcasing events and volunteer training. If you’re interested in furthering our cause then please follow the link below for further information on how to donate. Just a one-off donation of £15 would be enough to print 100 leaflets and spread the word about womens’ history in Sheffield:

Remembering Resistance

On the 21st September 2019, in collaboration with our friends at the ‘Remembering Resistance’ project at Lancaster University, we gathered at the Sheffield Hallam Pop-up shop for a fantastic one-day event. The event aimed to bring together members of the public to share their stories of women’s activism in Sheffield. Through games, activities, and an on-site recording booth, we engaged with both the ‘Remembering Resistance’ project, which is collecting testimony from all over the North, and with Sheffield residents who had some truly insightful and moving memories to share.

How to Visit the Archive

If you are as excited as we are by the fascinating materials held in our archive why not take a trip down to Sheffield City Archives and take a look for yourself? Here’s our step-by-step guide:

  1. Have a browse through the catalogue, found on our website, for any materials that might interest you!
  2. Although not necessary, we advise contacting the archive ahead of time to ensure the materials you require will be available.
  3. Register as a reader by filling in a short application form, either online or in person, and bring two forms of identification with you on the day.
  4. Once registered, you will have full access to our materials, including our Oral History Interviews, as well as many other interesting collections held by Sheffield City Archive.

For more information on how to register and how to contact the archive, please click the link here.

Training in Interviewing for the SFA Oral History Project

The Sheffield Feminist Archive Oral History project is one very important part of our work.  Interviews are undertaken with individuals who have been involved in feminism and women’s activism, recorded, summarised and stored in Sheffield Archives.   All our volunteer interviewers are trained in the methods of the Oral History Society.  We are re-running this training for interviewers on the afternoon of Tuesday 3rd March in a central location.  The training will cover the importance of oral history; the achievement and values of the SFA’s Oral History Project; and the skills and techniques needed before, during and after the interviews.  The session is free although a donation for refreshments is requested.  Places are strictly limited so if you would like to attend please email us at

Working with the Ashiana Project

We are currently working with Ashiana Sheffield, who provide advocacy, refuge, group work and other forms of support to Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) women.  In order to provide BAMER women with a platform to let their voices be heard, their stories told and preserved in Sheffield Archives, an SFA interviewer is interviewing some ex-clients of Ashiana about their experiences.  The interviews are recorded and summarised, and stored at Sheffield Archives as Tales from Ashiana within the Sheffield Feminist Archive.  It is hoped that we will be able to hold a joint event with Ashiana during Black History Month in October.

Remembering Resistance

In collaboration with the ‘Remembering Resistance’ Project at Lancaster University, we are hosting an all-day event on Saturday 21st September 2019!

We’re teaming up to capture the brilliant stories of local women and their involvement in protest and activism in Sheffield.

If you have any memories to share or stories to tell of a time when you were involved in Sheffield’s amazing political history then swing by the Hallam Pop-Up shop where we will have lots of fun activities, as well as our very own memory booth ready to record everything you have to say!

The event will be running from 10am to 4pm so you can pop by for a quick chat or spend the whole day swapping stories!


Hallam Pop-Up Shop,
48 Howard Street,
S1 1WB

Newsletter – Spring 2019

With Spring quickly moving into Summer we wanted to take the opportunity to update everyone on our recent developments and share some exciting news for the future!

Oral histories

A total of 27 oral histories have now been recorded as part of the Sheffield Feminist Archive project. Recent interviewees have included Flis Callow and Caroline Poland who were recently involved in Women Against Pit Closures. The majority of the interviews (apart from the most recent) can be accessed at Sheffield Archives on Shoreham Street. You can find more information about accessing the collections deposited at Sheffield Archives through the SFA project on our Visiting the Archive page.

Recent Oral History training

The introductory training for interviewing for the SFA Oral History Project was updated last year and has been delivered twice to a total of 7 would-be interviewers. The training was well received and we have already heard from one of the attendees about her plans to interview a feminist about her stories and memories of being involved in gender equality activism.

Book deposits to Wortley Hall

Our collection of books is now complete and can be found in the Lounge at Wortley Hall, the Workers’ stately home near Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

Each book has been catalogued online on Library Thing and has a sticker with our logo. Wortley Hall is always worth a visit but sometimes access to the Library will be restricted because of events taking place in the Lounge.

Remembering Resistance collaboration

Looking forward to the Summer, we have an exciting collaboration coming up with the ‘Remembering Resistance’ project based at Lancaster University. We’re teaming up to try and capture the stories of local women and their involvement in the movements and protests which have shaped Sheffield’s political scene. Watch this space for more details.


The Sheffield Feminist Archive held its annual general meeting on Thursday 9th May at the Old Junior School. Following an annual financial review, we were treated to a retrospective look at at some of the challenges and achievements of the past year by the Chair of the group. We also held a lively discussion over the future aims of the SFA and the development of some exciting new projects.

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