New meeting place for local history groups

A new website for South Yorkshire’s community history groups is being launched today in Barnsley.

South Yorkshire Through Time is being showcased at an event held at the town’s new museum, Experience Barnsley, until 4pm.

The day will include several talks by local historians and heritage specialists on the role of community-based history in South Yorkshire and particularly on developing its possibilities online.

There will also be a short musical performance by Rotherham folk musician Ray Hearne.

The aim is for the website to act as a hub for history groups and the projects they undertake.

It will also be used by students from Sheffield Hallam University, who will share their knowledge and research with the groups.

The website also includes a group and project directory, useful links and an events diary.

Its objectives are to bring the many community and oral history organisations together in one place for the first time, and provide an overview of key themes in the region’s history.

It will also be a place to showcase local history events and projects that might otherwise gain little public attention.

Groups will also have the chance to share experiences and learn from each other on topics such as writing a funding bid, buying oral history equipment or developing books and exhibitions.

And in time it is hoped the site will be able to develop an extensive archive of digital teaching resources relating to South Yorkshire history.

Work on the site was carried out by Hallam’s Dr Alison Twells, Dr Michelle Winslow of the Oral History Society and Dr John Tanner at Experience Barnsley.