From 5000 views to 1.3 million listeners!

We are delighted that BBC radio 4 are doing an episode of ‘Open Country‘ on our project! Shooting is all set for the 10th of February and we are working with the producer to identify locations and work out logistics. The programme will be exploring two themes – silk and Edward Carpenter. This is also a great opportunity to set the scene to start another project on the silk route!

A design made from Indian Tussur silk by Sir Thomas Wardle's wife Elizabeth Wardle

A design made from Indian Tussur silk by Sir Thomas Wardle’s wife Elizabeth Wardle

This is a great leap for us, from 5000 views to our blog as of January 2014 to a radio programme which has 1.3 million listeners. We are very much looking forward to sharing our views about promoting the use of the countryside and protecting it. It is our love for the countryside and nature that has kept us engaged in this project and we will be discussing how locally and internationally we have shaped the landscape, it’s economy and people.

Watch this space, we will be updating you about the date of the broadcast

Chamu Kuppuswamy

Heritage Jamboree

All heritage projects linked to the University of Sheffield were part of the Jamboree today. Around 200 plus people were present at various rooms of St Mary’s conference centre. And look, its one of our workshop photos being projected on the church walls!

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It was a quite a success! There was a buzz about the space, a few of us from the Hindu Samaj heritage steering group were there, the Bengali’s women’s group brightened the place up with their colourful sarees and salwar-kameez!


The AHRC Connected Communities lead from the University of Salford was down for the event, and gave a good short talk about the scheme. A part of his talk is on our youtube channel.

A number of projects that worked with the University were displayed and project members presented.

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The team has put together an attractive publication highlighting the University of Sheffield’s contribution to the community projects. The cover is cleverly designed to highlight the partnership between research and community heritage, well done! Here it is!


No page numbers, I am afraid, but we get the centre spread in the book! And check out the centre page photo – our team on the archive day. Pallavi, Uday, Raj, Shweta, Helen, trupti, Esme, Suruchi and Sandeep! turn over the page and there is a brief intro to our project, followed by impressions from Helen and Sacha – thank you both for helping us.

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Watch this space for our very own publication!

Chamu Kuppuswamy