Storying Sheffield

Displaced Migrants: Living Histories


A project by Element Society, in partnership with Storying Sheffield at University of Sheffield, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Through the project, young people (aged 16-24) have had the opportunity to be trained up in oral history skills, to then capture and document lived experience of people from migrant communities so they are retained for posterity.

The young people have skilled up in the areas of active listening, audio recording, editing and creative zine making. They have taken great care to capture the stories of people whose voices often go unheard, in their own words.

We have also visited community projects and talks in the city. What you see and hear today are personal reflections and precious memories around the themes of home, identity, belonging, settling in Sheffield as well as sharing food, music and cultural heritage too.

These stories and the learning resource can be found at:

Element Society –

Storying Sheffield –

Sheffield Archives –

Element Society is a youth charity based in Sheffield delivering development, social action and enterprise programmes to young people and vulnerable adults.


Rajna Begum

Angel Orola


Douglas Muzawazi

Olivia Joseph

Khalid Adam

Livia Barreira

Hao Hu

Ouse Road – Darnall Allotments

Roshni Asian Women’s Centre

João Paulo Simões

Nabeela Mowlana


With thanks to the young participants:

Jake Sutcliffe, Khalid Adam, Tashinga Matewe, Shuheb Miah, Sarah Orola, Joanne Hall, Angel Orola

With thanks to the interviewee participants:

Angel Orola, Catherine, Ruqia, Douglas Muzawazi, Olivia Joseph, Khalid Adam, Rajna Begum, Livia Barreira, Hao Hu, Joao Paulo Simoes, Nabeela Mowlana, Roshni Asian Women Centre, Darnall Allotment – Ouse Road, Drink Wise Age Well


The project has been delivered by Element Society, Co-ordinated by Uzma Kazi and overseen by Chris Hill and John Parkinson between June-Dec 2019. With thanks to the staff at Element Society, to the Heritage Lottery and it’s players for supporting the project, Sam Smith (University of Sheffield), Brendan Stone (University of Sheffield, Storying Sheffield), Tim Kneble (Sheffield Library Archives) and to everyone who has supported the Displaced Migrants: Living History project.