Sheffield Voices in the First World War


Sheffield Cathedral commissioned a special project to commemorate The York and Lancaster Regiment and the Sheffield Pals, 100 years since the Battle of the Somme which began on 1 July 1916.  

After a very successful first showing, the second run of the exhibition opens on 15th August and runs until 29th August 2016 in Old St George’s Chapel.

The exhibition tells the stories of seven real Sheffield people who were caught up in this important moment in history.  The stories and archive images will be displayed on installations designed to look like war memorials. The stories include a mother on the home front in Sheffield in 1916, a female worker in a factory, a battlefield nurse, a soldier in the Sheffield Pals, an Officer in the York and Lancaster Regiment and a schoolchild.

The display is open to the public and has free admission.

The exhibition is aimed at KS2 aged children and we invite families to come along and tour the installations and speak to our informative tour guides. From September Sheffield primary schools will receive a free teaching resource following the exhibition and will be invited to take place in a commemorative event in November 2016. 

Sheffield Cathedral commissioned the research, exhibition and tour from Historian Laura Alston (BA MA) who is a PhD History student at the University of Sheffield and from Richard and Amanda Johnson at Kidology Arts - a Sheffield based company who specialise in creating exhibitions, arts activities and events for children.

The project has been made possible with the kind support of Sheffield Community Covenant.