Materializing Sheffield: Place, Culture, Identity

Materializing Sheffield: Place, Culture, Identity

How has Sheffield's cityscape been formed and what bearing does it have upon the ways in which the city is seen and experienced by those who live there or those who visit?

Which of the city's histories have been crystallised into material form - as buildings, museum objects, art works, or personal possessions - and which have not?

The aim of Materializing Sheffield is to explore Sheffield's identity in relation to its material culture and physical presence. Materializing Sheffield explores the interrelationship between materiality and memory by looking at the ways in which histories and identities are variously remembered and forgotten, and the extent to which they can be retrieved through exploration of material remains. It also addresses the ways in which Sheffield's material culture and cityscape are variously perceived and experienced by different social groups, and how this in turn may affect their identities and senses of belonging. Importantly, Materializing Sheffield also looks at how the city's material culture might be re-presented and re-shaped in the future.