From RFC Airfield to City Suburb
100 Years of History at Meadowhead & Norton, Sheffield
From RFC Airfield to City Suburb : Introduction
Workshops & Events
In the Media
A new project is set to lunch in the Norton and Meadowhead area of Sheffield, organised by the Landscape Heritage Research Foundation – ‘From RFC Airfield to City Suburb – 100 Years of History at Meadowhead & Norton, Sheffield’. The project is funded thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, awarded by the Lottery Heritage Fund. It is set to follow on from the successful ‘Norton’s Flying Legacy’ project of 2016/17.
The project will be wide-ranging and picks up where the first project left off – the outbreak of World War 2. This project will run for 15 months and is set to be a larger-scale endeavour which will delve further into the history of the WW1 Aeroplane Repair Depot at Norton and the inter-war aviation. It will also explore how the former airfield site affected the area’s development into a thriving suburb if Sheffield. It will follow the military theme from WW1, through WW2 and into the Cold War, with specialist speakers and field visits across the area. It sets out to record any artefacts of the built military environment as part of the project. A series of workshops will be held throughout the project, each covering a specific theme which will help volunteers along their way, piecing together a fascinating local history.
At the same time, the development and growth of the area will be explored by visits to the local archives and field visits. The project will also undertake a series of oral history interviews which will hopefully add important local first-hand experiences to the project. It is intended to pull together a 100-year history of a major city suburb and how it has developed and changed over that time.
Any project such as this always needs help! If anyone is interested in being involved, a project Discovery Day will be held at the Sheffield Transport Social Club, Meadowhead. This will introduce and open the project and you will have an opportunity to meet the team, see selected items from the previous project and learn more about this exciting new venture! If anyone is interested in joining in as a volunteer – no matter how much or little time you can spare – please let us know on the day!
Sheffield Transport Social Club
Greenhill Main Rd, Sheffield S8 7RH