Political Cultures in Sheffield: Stories of Activism, February-May 2013

This AHRC-funded cultural engagement project based in the Department of Archaeology brought together academics from across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Faculty (including Professor Dawn Hadley (Archaeology), Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson (French), Dr Gary Rivett and Dr Adrian Bingham (History) and Dr Jane Hodson (English)). Over three months (February to May 2013), new research was completed around the history of working-class Sheffield, socialism in the city, the life and times of Edward Carpenter and the more recent history of political activism in Sheffield. This research helped to inform a theatre production that was performed three times in various venues across the city. These venues engaged with non-academic spaces to ensure that the production was available to the widest section of the local community. Project researchers Helen Smith and Dr Catherine O’Byrne completed the research and worked with Charlie Barnes of the local applied theatre company Dead Earnest on the production.


Theatre production and performances took place at the following times and venues:

    • Tuesday 21 May 2013, 6.00pm, Jessop West exhibition space, University of Sheffield (followed by a discussion and drinks reception)

    • Wednesday 22 May 2013, 7.30pm, Dempsey’s bar

    • Thursday 23rd May, 7.30pm, Riverside Pub.

In conjunction with the project an exhibition was held in May 2013 in the Jessop West Exhibition Space.

Project blog: https://sheffieldpoliticalcultures.wordpress.com

Dead Earnest Theatre Company: https://www.deadearnest.co.uk, or on Twitter @deadearnest