Friday, May 13, 2016

Sheffield and the Nuclear Winter: A Cold War Exhibition

The City Archives has been home to two university students over the last few months. Sabrina Webster and Chantelle Francis are studying for an MA in Public Humanities at the University of Sheffield. They chose to base themselves in the Archives and Local Studies Library in a quest to find out more about the city’s recent Cold War history.  They are now ready to share their research in a special exhibition at the Central Library next week...
We hope you'll come along to our exhibition on Saturday 21 May, 12.30-3pm in the Carpenter Room (first floor), Sheffield Central Library. Our exhibition offers the opportunity for visitors to learn more about the South Yorkshire County Council and anti-nuclear activism in Sheffield during the Cold War. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore selected archival material from various archives across the city, including Sheffield City Archives, Sheffield Local Studies Library and Sheffield Reference and Information Library.
The exhibition will shed light on a variety of topics, from the workings of both South Yorkshire County and Sheffield City Council, as well as efforts made by Sheffield CND and other local activist groups in the city during the Cold War. As such, there will be the opportunity to hear different stories from those at the centre of this unique period of Sheffield’s history. We have been lucky enough to have interviewed John Cornwell (former Deputy Leader of SYYC), Roger Barton (former Chair of Sheffield City Council’s Nuclear Free Zones Committee), Maggie Tyson (former member of the activist group Library Workers Against the Bomb), and Stewart Kemp (former Nuclear Free Zones Officer for Sheffield City Council). All of these interviews were fascinating, and we are looking forward to displaying excerpts from the interviews we have conducted with them over the past few months.

There will also be the opportunity for visitors to mingle, discuss the exhibition’s content and enjoy the complimentary refreshments available in the adjoining Jackson Room.

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Sabrina Webster & Chantelle Francis
Public Humanities MA Students
University of Sheffield