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History in the making

Posted by: Stephanie Burns
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Ecclesfield Civil Parish Past and Present Archiving Project

As the project dedicated to recording and preserving Ecclesfield parish's history prepares to reach its end later this year, Stephanie Burns spoke to project co-ordinator Christine Handley to discover exactly what she and a dedicated team of local volunteers have been up to.


The Ecclesfield Parish Council region has a rich and proud history, recorded over time in a great number of historical photographs, films and documents.

But due to the nature of the parish – which covers 22 sq km around Burncross, Chapeltown, Grenoside, High Green and much of Ecclesfield – this material has been spread over several locations and has lacked a single, comprehensive archive. Until now.

In 2012, parish clerk David Morton and local councillors recognised that something should be done to pull this information together, and make it available to all those who wished to access it, by working with and building on the efforts of several active local history and conservation groups.

After 18 months of talks and meetings, they proceeded with a successful Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) bid and in 2014 were granted £82,400 to help record and preserve this history. They have been working hard ever since to build a clear picture of what life was – and is – like in this corner of north Sheffield.

Supported by project co-ordinator Christine Handley, the Ecclesfield Civil Parish Past and Present Archiving Project – as it is officially known – is collating and digitising a huge amount of material to create an online resource for schools, individuals and other groups to learn more about their local history.

Read more in the digital edition of Pulse.

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