Sharing stories: our heritage

Suitable for:11 to 16, 16+

As one of the UK’s biggest cities, Sheffield has a rich social and industrial history. It’s well-documented too, in our museums and elsewhere.

But history isn’t just about big world-changing events. History is made up of millions of stories, including yours.

Choose a challenge

Create your own guide to the city’s heritage (places and things that are part of our history) such as a video, a magazine or a map.

Your guide could trace the natural history of our region, from say the ice age onwards. You might choose to focus on the city’s industrial past. Or a history of some specific part of Sheffield’s culture, like its music for example.

Imagine presenting a guide to your family’s history in a similar way, through a mixture of city landmarks (Jessop’s hospital and the Town Hall for example) and places that are personal (like the school your grandad went to or the houses your parents grew up in).

We can't go outside right now, but there are plenty of things you can research online, using your own pictures and social media, or using the downloadable resouces on this page. 

Whatever you make share it with others using #sheffieldheritage to continue telling stories about your city.

Mix things up

If you’re thinking of making a magazine or a map you could combine this task with our Zine adventure, which introduces you to the art of handmade comics and zines.

Your research for this project might also help you design a flag for the city, another of our creative adventures.

If the music theme sounds like your thing, see our Sheffield Playlist adventure for inspiration.

Eros sculpture
Eros sculpture

The team from online culture guide Our Favourite Places have created a guide to buildings, sculptures, museums and other special places that tell the story of Sheffield’s heritage. Download it on this page – it might help you get started

Want to give your guide a specific theme? Off The Shelf have also produced a guide to landmarks associated with the suffrage movement in Sheffield, you can download that on this page too.