Journey to Justice

Sheffield’s Voices For Equality

With thanks to Mark Hutchinson, JtoJ Sheffield coordinator & everyone involved with planning & delivering the JtoJ Sheffield exhibition programme.

How Far Apart play extract

JtoJ supporter Prof. Dilly OC Anumba, Chair of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals was an eloquent and knowledgeable panellist after the reading of a new play directed by the artistic director of Sheffield/Leeds based Utopia Theatre company Moji Elufowoju.

Window display at City of Sanctuary

JtoJ Sheffield was given a month-long residency during October 2019 to display their work at the City of Sanctuary shop on Chapel Walk, Sheffield. This is an advice centre for the city’s refugees and asylum seekers. There have been a number of positive follow-up enquiries as a result.

Far Gone theatre workshop and play

On 13th October 2019, local JtoJ supporter John Rworthomack, currently assistant director at the Crucible for The Last King of Scotland ran a workshop for a group of High Storrs School sixth form Theatre/Drama studies students. John’s warm-up exercises were followed by a talk on the work of JtoJ by Mark Hutchinson. John then put the students through a rigorous workshop on performance and presented an extract from his play which details the experiences of a young child’s journey in northern Uganda as he is drawn into becoming a child soldier.  This was followed by an enthusiastic Q&A session. Many of the students left promising to attend the play with their friends when the play is performed. John was supported by his producer Sam Holland, who is also the producer of the city’s Migration Matters Festival where the play was first performed earlier this year.

‘Working with… Journey to Justice who share the values and ambition to inspire and motivate young minds…has left a feeling of real progress in divisive and troubling times. We’re so excited by this collaboration and look forward to working together further down the line’.
Sam Holland, Producer ‘Far Gone’, Director, Migration Matters, Sheffield


Civil Rights Talk

In front of 300 Year 9, 10 and Sixth Form students across four presentations Mark Levy spoke about his experiences of being part of the US Civil Rights Movement including the Freedom Rides and Freedom Summer of 1964. The talks were held at High Storrs School and were initiated by Carrie Supple, then director of JtoJ. Mark’s talks were well received by the history students and their staff with a number speaking thanking Mark personally afterwards.

Sheffield’s Holocaust Memorial Day Vigil
28th January 2019

JtoJ Sheffield coordinator Mark Hutchinson introduced his High Storrs School history students to stories of people whose lives were devastated by the Holocaust. Jewish and Gypsy women, men and children who were murdered or survived persecution. Sue Pearson who came from Prague to the city on the Kindertransport in 1939 visited the school to share her experiences and lessons for today.

Six of the High Storrs students, Ruqaiya, Rosa,  Amber, Jude, Hannah and Borys took part in the Holocaust Memorial Day Vigil with a packed audience in the city’s Winter Gardens. Accompanying panels displayed their work and highlighted Muslims who rescued Jews and a film with testimonies of those who lived through the genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda and Bosnia played on a loop.

The vigil was opened by Sheffield’s Lord Mayor Magid Magid who spoke of his family’s experience as refugees from Somalia and their gratitude to the city. Every speaker made links from the horror of the Holocaust to the need for solidarity and a recognition of human rights for all today (see the full programme here). It ended with a communal reading of the UN Statement of Commitment, see link.

“As part of studying the Holocaust I asked my history students to develop their enquiry approach to our lessons. 15 case studies were presented to the class, most as a small group exercise. This was given added resonance when one of those people, Sue Pearson, walked off the online page directory and into the classroom and spoke directly to them. In the feedback they were appalled to learn that the injustice meted out to Jewish people also affected others because of race, religion, culture, gender, sexuality, disability or political persuasion.” Mark Hutchinson, High Storrs teacher

“I attended the Sheffield Holocaust Memorial Vigil to perform my piece, inspired by my school research, named On The Street Where We Livewhich explored the life of Chaim Nagelstein and other Holocaust survivors. I was truly touched whilst researching and by the event’s personal accounts of those who endured Hell. Although heartbreaking, an undertone of hope for our society’s future ran through the vigil, with the theme Torn From Home. It has truly inspired me not only to continue with my social action projects in Sheffield, but also to volunteer for social justice groups around the UK.”

Jude, High Storrs School student


Sheffield’s Civil Rights City Centre Walk (JtoJ)
Church Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 1HA

‘Every walk has been close to capacity and feedback universally positive praising Mark’s (of Journey to Justice) passion and knowledge  and highlighting the fight for equality and justice throughout Sheffield’s history’.
Robert Haslam, organiser of Sheffield’s Walking Festival

Take a walk through 200 years of Sheffield’s city centre civil rights history with Paul Robeson, Malcolm X and the British Black Panthers. Hear stories about campaigns to: end slavery and apartheid; for LGBT rights and asylum; and migration.

Don’t miss Sheffield’s Civil Rights City Centre Walk, Sept. 9th and 15th:

Walk through the city centre streets of Sheffield and look at buildings and places associated with campaigns to gain rights for the marginalised in society. We will visit sites such as the Cathedral, SADACCA, the Crucible Theatre and City Hall. Listen to stories of Sheffield residents such as Mary Ann Rawson, James Montgomery, Edward Carpenter and Samuel Morgan Smith, and the city’s campaigns such as the Anti-Apartheid movement, Asian Youth Movement, Chilean Solidarity and British Black Panther group. We will link the political activism of freedom, justice and equality to sport, the arts and the media.

Opening Times
Sunday 9 September: Walk/ Tour 1400 -1530
Saturday 15 September: Walk/ Tour 1000 – 1130

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Preferred
Walk is open to all but booking is preferred

Booking Contact: Mark Hutchinson

Go to:
Booking opens: 1 May 2018 00:00
Booking closes: 8 September 2018 21:00


We will be crossing main and side roads in the city cenre. Weather might dictate rainproof clothing or sunprotection.

Additional Information

Max 30 people per tour/session. Walk takes approx. 80 – 90 minutes Ordinary men and women doing extraordinary things will be mentioned Contact for the day: Mark Hutchinson 0114 2360525


The walk will start at Sheffield Cathedral, Church Street. near to the statue of James Montgomery and will broadly be a circular route around the city centre..


Eclipse and JtoJ

Dawn Walton, artistic director of Eclipse Theatre Company and a long-time supporter of Journey to Justice walking with the then-named ‘Black Men Walking Group’ in the countryside of South Yorkshire, in 2016. She was inspired and commissioned rapper, beat-boxer and theatre maker Andy Brooks aka DJ Testament.  Andy wrote a play exploring issues of identity, freedom and equality in UK society for people of colour. Its 14-city tour across various towns and cities sold out and received excellent reviews:

There are strong links between Journey to Justice and Eclipse Theatre Company. Dawn led an exemplar training session on creative writing for young writers when our exhibition was in Sheffield, May 2016. In October 2017, a number of young people responded to the call of Journey to Justice Sheffield and took part in the Eclipse – led ‘Missy Elliott Project’.


Mark Hutchinson, then Journey to Justice trustee and original member of the Sheffield Walking Group shares a joke with Trevor Laird, who played ‘Matthew’ in the play based on the Yorkshire walking group, after a performance in its hometown stage of the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. The last time they met was not in the comparative warmth of the Crucible but  while out walking together along the snow-covered paths of the Longshaw estate, Derbyshire, in January 2018. Mark felt the play captured something of the camaraderie of the group and its wider objective of providing a safe space for people of colour to gain emotional well-being as they shared in their struggle for racial and cultural  identity in the landscapes of Britain today.BMW_Trevor_Laird_Matthew

Sites of Sheffield’s voices for equality and justice

This map highlights key locations in Sheffield’s rich history of fighting for justice and equality. Click on a marker to find out more information about events that have happened in Sheffield over the last four centuries.


To see Sheffield JtoJ stories:

Sheffield Peace Vigil, January 20th 2017

Speech by Mark Hutchinson, former Journey to Justice trustee

Today in  2017 as we gather in solidarity to support notions of peace, tolerance and unity, the words of Martin Luther King that are part of the mission statement of Journey to Justice seem more relevant than ever, when he said:

“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

Despite the despair of some, I believe we see this spirit of comradeship and support for others in the history and times of this city, Sheffield. I wish to bring to your attention three examples of this found in the three strands to this evening’s peace vigil.

Firstly, in the Hope for Freedom – Olaudah Equiano’s 1792 visit to Sheffield was supported by over 100 subscriptions of his autobiography as he advocated freedom from racism. In the 1930s the people of Sheffield welcomed Jewish and Spanish (Basque) children to the city, as they sought to escape and enjoy freedom from persecution.

Secondly, a Shared desire for Equality.  In the 1970s in these streets, members of Sheffield’s Asian Youth Movement gave their support to the striking miners of Orgreave.  And in this very place, Tudor Square activists picketed The Crucible in support of the anti-apartheid struggles.

And finally, we have witnessed the call for Justice for those who have come as refugees and asylum seekers, be they from Chile, the Karen and in recent times the Syrian community.  Again, this city from its M.P.s and leadership at City Hall to organizations such as ASSIST and the recently defunct Northern Refugee Centre to activists on the street.

Each candle represents that clarion call so clearly expressed in the song of the Bare Knuckle Soul ‘Let Them Come’.

As we remember the actions of people from the past and the actions of groups today we should, I believe, have a clear vision of what we are trying to achieve.

I think the words from the Rivelin Valley Opening from 1951 best sum up what we at Journey to Justice are minded to do through the vehicle of history, the arts and social action. We want Sheffield to remember: “The foundation of a city is not in its stone nor greatness of power or possessions, but its glory is in the happiness of its children.”

Journey to Justice travelling exhibition  –  May 28 – June 25 2016

Sheffield was the proud host of our travelling exhibition programme May 28th – June 25th 2016 organised by a dedicated local team. We welcome the positive feedback and lessons learned there:

“This is a really powerful and beautifully assembled exhibition…Wonderfully interesting, moving and inspiring, an exhibition that deserves very high coverage. Thank you.”

“It rekindled my desire to continue the fight for equality and justice for all. Sometimes life makes us complacent and ‘too busy’ to realize there are still many battles to be fought.”

‘I would be more likely to join a project having seen the positive efforts and actions of others.’

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What stops people from taking action for social justice? ‘They are afraid to have a voice’. (Visitor)

An evening with Equiano and Pablo Fanque “It’s great to be in an arena where we hear about our stories and history’.  (BME male teenager)

Do Sheffield Black Lives Matter? ‘This confirmed my commitment to continue to be involved in movements for social change’. (BME Adult)

Walking tours of Sheffield’s radical history ‘Gave me extra inspiration to continue activism. Great to know Sheffield has a history of revolution and rebellion’. (Student White Female Adult)


Sheffield has a long and proud history as a centre of struggles for freedom and equality. Its people have given their voice to domestic and international campaigns that would lead to: the abolition of slavery; improved working industrial conditions, women’s suffrage and the end of apartheid. The city has been a crucible for action by local residents from Samuel Holberry and Mary Anne Rawson to Paul Blomfield and Nikki Sharpe. It was the first City of Sanctuary and has been a safe haven for refugee groups. Radicals from Olaudah Equiano to Malcolm X have spoken within its parishes. In that tradition, Journey to Justice (JtoJ) is bringing a touring exhibition on the US civil rights movement and its UK legacy to Sheffield.

The local dimension will be set out in the form of a visual map of Sheffield’s pioneers of, and protestors for social justice and the display of artefacts that capture the essence of the city’s tradition of human rights campaigns. A team supporting the project is planning educational activities: visits, workshops, talks, films, football games and multi-media performances.

Through our work we aim to address some of the inequalities, educational and emotional – prevalent in our city.  The State of Sheffield  (2014) highlighted the city’s economically deprived areas.  48 geographies in the city are amongst the 5% most deprived in the country and many, such as Burngreave and Nether Edge are wards with a high % of BME citizens.  JtoJ works with young people, institutions and groups from these areas. Our stories include many people with a BME background who obtained social justice in non-violent ways.

JtoJ workshops and events will encourage people to come together and help create the vision outlined in the State of Sheffield (2015) – a city that is ‘inclusive and vibrant’. There are scores of community organisations planning to help achieve our mission, ‘To inspire and empower people to take action for social justice through learning about human rights movements.’ We wish to capture the spirit of the following remark made in 1951 at the Rivelin Valley Park poolside opening, ‘The foundation of a city is not its stone, nor its greatness in power or possessions, but its glory is the happiness of its children….’

If you have questions and/or would like to help (fundraising, PR, planning, research, being on duty at the exhibition& events) contact or Carrie on 07711199198 Email:

Booking for school groups is essential. Please contact The Art House on:

0114 272 3970 or email

If you’d like ideas about preparing your group for a visit to the JtoJ exhibition, see here

Watch a short film of JtoJ Chair Mark Hutchinson introducing our exhibition on Sheffield Live TV.

Photography courtesy of Aziz Rahman

Thursday 26th May Volunteers Training Day

10:00 – 16:00 at The Art House, 8 Backfields, off Division Street, S1 4HJ.

If you have already signed up to become a volunteer during the exhibition’s stay in Sheffield, make sure you have booked into one of today’s ‘completion’ slots so your training is finished.

If you wish to become a volunteer and can give at least two days to sit with the exhibition please contact asap on for an application form and terms and conditions.

Please book if you have successfully been interviewed and state which session you would prefer from either : a.m. slot or p.m. slot

Friday 27th May Teachers’ Exhibition Preview 

18:30 – 20:30 at The Art House 8 Backfields, off Division Street, S1 4HJ.

If you are a teacher, community/ youth worker, group leader and are thinking of bringing a party to view  Journey to Justice’s  Civil Rights exhibition, why not drop in and take a look before it opens to the public. Come and join us for a sneak preview and a glass, to see what the exhibition is about. Members of the Journey to Justice team will be able available to talk to and you can take an informal look at the exhibition.

Free entry. Booking is encouraged to receive mailing about the exhibition and updates of the programme of events Please Book here 

Saturday 28th May Launch and Private Viewing12:00 – 13:00 at St. Matthew’s Church, Carver Street

13:30 – 17:00 at The Art House, 8 Backfields, off Division Street, S1 4HJ.


Guests will have the chance to share in  the start of what promises to be an exciting, thought-provoking and a joyous celebration of this city’s crucible of protest, pioneers and provision for equality, freedom and justice.  Through a series of performances including award-winning music singer Steve ‘Papa’ Edwards (Northern Black) and tabla player, John Ball and short speeches from those who set out to empower local people to action such as Paul Blomfield M.P., Nikki Sharpe (Youth Can Achieve), Robin Story (Sheffield Amnesty), Basil Sage (Romano Jilo), Shahnaz Ali (ex-Asian Youth Movement) and Maxwell Ayamba (Walking Group for Health). We will remember the social justice issues of Sheffield’s past, look at its current work and plans to make a difference to its future paths.

 The exhibition will be introduced by our host Father Naylor of St. Matthew’s Church, Carver Street, on Saturday 28th May, in front of invited guests. Viewing of the exhibition will be for guests from 13:30 until 17:00.

Booking is essential as there is space for only 220 guests, tickets are free and can be booked here

Monday 30th May Journey to Justice: Sheffield’s Voices for Equality Exhibition, opens to the public, free entry. The Art House, 8 Backfields, off Division Street, S1 4HJ. Monday to Saturday, 9:30 – 16:30 (including Bank Holiday Monday 30th May).


A stunning new exhibition about the US civil rights movement, the UK and Sheffield’s struggles for social justice. The exhibition is set out primarily in two spaces at the centre telling the stories of ordinary people who got involved in the campaign for Civil Rights in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s. Their stories are told through text, maps, photographs, poetry and audio commentary. Thrill to excerpts from powerful speeches of those who were key to the movement. The exhibition includes a lunch-counter installation, school desk and jukebox, symbolising key moments in those years of struggle. To this are added stories and artefacts of Sheffield’s radical past. We begin to lift the lid on campaigns such as those to end slavery in the British empire, against US segregation, the Asian Youth Movement (Sheffield) and Sheffield’s part in the struggle against apartheid.

If you wish to bring a party of people – students, youth or community groups etc please book via The Art House Telephone: 0114  272 3970 


Tuesday 31st May  Football Festival of Friendship

10.00 – 16.00 at The U-Mix Centre, 17  Asline Road, Lowfield, S2 4UJ.

With support from Football Unites Racism Divides (FURD), JtoJ will host a ‘Football festival of friendship’ at the U-Mix Centre, Lowfield for 5-a-side teams of Under 9s and Under 11s focused on playing the ‘beautiful game’ beautifully’. The day will be spent playing a series of matches culminating in a final between the two best teams at Under 9 and Under 11 level. All those who participate will be winners of the Wharton/Howells Pennant of Friendship. Recognising the first black professional footballer and the first Roma Traveller to play for England who were respectively Arthur Wharton (see images, right) and Rabbi Howell (see picture below, left). Both of these men played professional football for Sheffield teams.


Tickets are free but if you have an interested child (male or female) who wishes to participate, an adult must register them online (see  booking details below) and be present (represented) at the U-Mix Centre when the child(ren) come to participate, on the morning of the event. A child can come as part of an established 5-a-side team or will be put into a team on the day. At the end of the tournament children will be released back to the registered adult. All children will be expected to stay with their teams during the day. Can parents/ guardians please ensure any medical details are passed on to the organisers.

We strongly recommend that all those participating bring water and a packed lunch.

For under-9s book here:

For under-11s book here:

Wednesday 1st June ‘Stories from the locker room of  history’: How to research historical documents

18.00 – 19.30 at Carpenter Room, City Library, Surrey Street, Sheffield, S1 1XZ. Doors open from 17.30.


Dr Alison Twells with Sheffield Hallam University students and Steven Kay author of ‘The Evergreen in red and white’ – the story of the first Roma to play football for England, and Mark Hutchinson, who has looked at pioneering black footballers in Sheffield. The three presenters will share the joy and heartache of researching local sources and sites to find out more about the likes of the Sheffield Female Anti-Slavery Society, Roma life in 19th century Sheffield and what Pele ate when he came to Sheffield.


Tickets are free, but limited to 25 so please book here

Thursday 2nd June Writing for Justice led by Dawn Walton

17.00 – 19.00 in the Carwood Suite, Sorby House, 42 Spital Hill, S4 7LG.


Dawn Walton, Artistic Director of Eclipse Theatre (most recently ‘A Raisin in the Sun’) will run a session looking at the craft of writing (see photograph above right). Dawn has a wealth of experience and achievement having trained at the Royal Court and served her apprenticeship at the Young Vic and National Theatre Studio, she now runs a successful touring company based at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. She has championed opportunities (e.g. Cultural Young Ambassadors – photograph above, centre – and Revolution Mix) for those with talent, especially new writing, from within the black and minority ethnic communities. She will lend her considerable skills to those interested in developing their craft and who have a passion for writing, whether for the theatre, film or the world of publishing.

This session is for young people aged 15 – 19. Please bring  examples of your work to the workshop and we urge you to see the Journey to Justice exhibition beforehand. There are only 20 places for what promises to be a stimulating workshop. Expect to be challenged and stretched in a lively yet supportive environment.

Tickets are free, but please book

Friday 3rd June An Evening with ‘Olaudah Equiano’ & ‘Pablo Fanque’ 17.00 – 19.00 Carwood Suite, Sorby House, 42 Spital Hill S4 7LG.


What did Olaudah Equiano do with his autobiography when he came to Sheffield in 1790? (see painting above, left). How is the ‘Mr Kite’ of the Beatles song, Pablo Fanque romantically linked to Sheffield? To find out more come and listen to the acclaimed actor, activist and academic of African history Joe Williams share two monologues in the character of each of these two ‘sons of Africa’. (See photograph above, right). Each piece will be followed by an opportunity for the audience 

to ask questions of each character. They in turn will respond, in character! Not to be missed, this outstanding Leeds-based observer of 18th and 19th century Black lives in Britain, will perform for one evening only in Sheffield.

Tickets are free, only 35 spaces available so please book here

Saturday 4th June Edward Carpenter City Walk by Dr. Alison Twells (see photograph below, right). Meet at 11:00 at The Devonshire Cat Pub, S1 4HG for the 90 minute Walk


The walk explores Edward Carpenter’s connections with the centre of Sheffield, where he taught for the University Extension Movement, frequented radical political haunts such as the ‘Hall of Science  and Wellbeing’ and Wenworth Cafe and for a while ran his own Commonwealth Café on Scotland Street. He also enjoyed ‘Naked Races’ in Fargate. This extraordinary man led an amazing Victorian and Edwardian life (see photograph above, left). He was a gay, vegetarian, socialist who spoke out against imperialism and war and he was an early supporter of female suffrage. Carpenter counted Mahatma Gandhi amongst his friends and mixed freely with the poor of Sheffield.

Booking is  essential as there is a cost of £2.50 for this walk, which will go towards supporting the work of the ‘Friends of Edward Carpenter’. A booking can be made at

Saturday 4th June Film showing ‘Brother Outsider’ with Q & A with Prof. Michael Randle, ex-head of Peace Studies, Bradford University

16:00 to 17:30 (doors open 15.30)The Gallery Room 4, Sheffield University Student’s Union, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TG


‘Brother Outsider’ tells the story of Bayard Rustin, (see photographs above), who was a gay, black civil rights activist who helped mastermind the march on Washington in 1963 and was a passionate advocate for social justice for all. After the film there will be the opportunity for Q & A with Michael Randle, who is featured in the film and was a friend of Bayard Rustin.

Free event, to cover the costs there will be a raffle.

Please book tickets online to give us an idea of numbers –

Monday 6th June/ 13th June/ 20th June  and Thursday 9th June/ 16th June  Creative Time with Artist-in-residence 10:00 – 12:00 at The Art House, 8 Backfields, off Division Street, S1 4HJ. 


School parties are invited to the Art House to book to see the exhibition (for free) and then to produce a piece of creative/ imaginative visual work with Ali Kitley-Jones, Development Manager of the Art House and acting as artist-in-residence. We will offer schools or parties of up to 30 people the opportunity of producing work inspired by their viewing of the exhibition. The sessions on offer cost £4 per person for time, materials and use of  a beautifully lit workshop space on site. The sessions can be booked for a Monday or Thursday (see dates above). Session times will run from 10-12. Book early to avoid disappointment,  across one of 5 possible dates.

Ali Kitley-Jones is an experienced practitioner used to working with different groups of people. She has worked as a teacher in a large Sheffield secondary school. Recently she has been able to use her talents and skills to work in art therapy with a diverse group of people and led countless sessions for public sector workers, people with disabilities and university students.

Booking Contact: The Art House Tel. 0114 272 39

Wednesday 8th June Panel Discussion ‘Migration & Human Rights’, courtesy of  Sheffield Amnesty International  and Sheffield Hallam University with Journey to Justice. 18:00 -19:30 Norfolk Lecture Room, Sheffield Hallam University

Live panel discussion on Migration and Human Rights, with panellists from Hallam University and Sheffield Amnesty International; taking questions from the audienceTickets are free, but please contact Sheffield Amnesty or Department of Law And Criminology, Sheffield Hallam University.

Thursday 9th June Leadership – Do Black Lives Matter in Sheffield today? Talk by Delroy Hall 19:00 – 20:00 at the Executive Room, SADACCA, 48 Wicker, Sheffield S3 8JB


Perhaps the outstanding presentational speaker of his generation, Delroy Hall will bring his considerable experience and craft to consider the more wide-ranging needs of Sheffield’s black communities today and how those in positions of authority should respond. In particular he will draw upon some of the lessons and landmarks from the US Civil Rights movement and how it attempted to meet the needs and concerns of those within its midst. Delroy has a wealth of experience as a counsellor and pastor reflecting on which questions we need to consider. Together we will have an opportunity to think of possible solutions – led by Delroy.

Free event, booking essential as space is limited to 35 spaces. Please book your tickets here:

The same talk will be given on Wednesday 15th June at The Art House, 8 Backfields, S1 4HJ. 19:00 – 20:00.

Sunday 12th June Sheffield Trouble Makers City Centre Walk led by David Price. Meet at 15:00 at Paradise Square for a 90 minute walk.

Do you want to find out where the Suffragettes had a city centre shop in Sheffield? Perhaps who was known as ‘Old Niddelty Nod’? Maybe indeed, to view where Joseph Gales, the 18th century newspaper editor lived? or to witness the spot where Samuel Holberry’s Chartists Uprising took place? Then this conducted tour led by David Price, author of the acclaimed book on Sheffield’s  radical past is for you. David’s walk is based on his book ‘Sheffield Troublemakers: Rebels and Radicals in Sheffield’s History’ – Phillimore (2008). David has led this walk to great acclaim on many occasions.  Today, he is doing so for a good cause. As one past pedestrian commentated after walking with David, ‘Once you’ve gone on this walk, the city centre will never be the same again’.

£5 per ticket; all proceeds from ticket sales will go to ASSIST Sheffield; the only Sheffield charity focused on supporting destitute asylum seekers. To book please contact David at or 0114 296 0806 

The charity aims:

  • To provide accommodation, food and support for asylum seekers in Sheffield who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress
  • To advance the education of the public, and other statutory and voluntary organisations, in order to assist the inclusion of asylum seekers into the wider community
  • To raise awareness about the plight of asylum seekers in our city

ASSIST Sheffield


Wednesday 15th June Leadership – Do Black lives matter in Sheffield today? Talk by Delroy Hall. 19:00 – 20:00 at The Art House, 8 Backfields, S1 4HJ (off Division Street)

Perhaps the outstanding presentational speaker of his generation Delroy Hall will bring his considerable experience and craft to consider the more wide-ranging needs of Sheffield’s black communities today and how those in positions of authority should respond. In particular he will draw upon some of the lessons and landmarks from the US Civil Rights movement and how it attempted to meet the needs and concerns of those within its midst. Delroy has a wealth of experience as a counsellor and pastor on what questions we need to consider. Together, he will lead us on a path to think of what the solutions might be.

Tickets are free, booking is essential. Please book tickets here:


Thursday 16th June Civil and Human Rights in Education – A workshop for teachers and youth and community workers covering the Journey to Justice Exhibition. 10:00 – 14:30 at The Cantor Building, Rooms 9138/9132, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, S1 1WB

This CPD workshop will give plenty of practical ideas and explore questions that can arise out of a viewing of the Journey to Justice Civil Rights exhibition at The Art House. It will give plenty of options for teachers and youth and community leaders to ask questions and engage with the Journey to Justice approach through action-based sessions for young people. They will see the relevance of human rights history to their lives and inspire and empower them to take action for social justice. Content will be relevant to the history curriculum while also drawing upon themes covered in English, Citizenship and PSHCE. It will cover aspects that those in the arts can make use of in their classroom or community centre. Martin worked with his colleague Parul Motin and colleagues to inspire difficult to reach students in their East London school. Take a look at how they inspired students to speak with confidence and conviction, when given the chance to make presentations at the House of Lords last year. Their work continues…

An example of the approach used can be found at and you can see a short film about our work with young people below:

Martin Spafford is a recently-retired Head of History from an East London school. Martin is a Honorary Fellow of the Historical Association and a Fellow of the Schools History project. He regularly runs workshops for PGCE  and Teach First students at the Institute of Education in London. He is co-author of a forthcoming textbook for the GCSE course on Migration to Britain and currently  works on leadership  and social action project for Year 9 students and with Year 10 and  11 students in four London schools in alternative provision.

£50 per person (concessions are available). A light lunch will be provided.  Booking essential as space is limited to 30 teachers per room.

Book tickets here for the History Workshop:


Thursday June 16  ‘The Walking Group for Health’ presentation “We’ve been to the Mountaintop” The Art House, 8 Backfields, S1 4HJ. 19.00 – 21.00

walking group

For over a decade a group of Black and minority ethnic Sheffield people have been walking for health and well-being. Listen to the group’s presentation with an audio-visual talk about how and why this group was started; the benefits and the challenges they have faced, and their transformation from a group of black male friends to a group open to all. They will share a wealth of stories about their regular first-Saturday in every month walk from Endcliffe Park (Hunters Bar entrance)AR  such as walking with Griff Rhys Jones,  reaching the summit of Ben Nevis (see photograph above) and what the future holds.

 Please book tickets here

Sunday June 19 City Centre Civil Rights Walk led by Mark Hutchinson 10:00 – 11.30 Steps to Town Hall (90 minutes)

Find out the hidden places and untold stories of Sheffield’s civil rights past. Who arrived in a box? Who was described as the ‘bard of Sheffield’ Where did Olaudah Equiano speak when he visited in 1790? Whose size 14 shoes left a big impression on those who heard him speak? Which feminist icon made a unheralded visit to the city in the 1970s? Who was glad to be here?

Book on line, it is free to all. Sensible footwear advised and note the weather conditions on the day. Donations are welcomed to assist towards the cost of the Journey to Justice: Sheffield’s Voices of Equality exhibition programme of events.

Book tickets here

Sunday 19th June City Walk – ‘Sheffield Trouble Makers’ led by David Price.

Do you want to find out where the Suffragettes had a city centre shop in Sheffield? Perhaps who was known as ‘Old Niddelty Nod’? Maybe indeed, to view where Joseph Gales, the 18th century newspaper editor lived? or to witness the spot where Samuel Holberry’s Chartists Uprising took place? Then this conducted tour led by David Price, author of the acclaimed book on Sheffield’s  radical past is for you. David’s walk is based on his book ‘Sheffield Troublemakers: Rebels and Radicals in Sheffield’s History’ – Phillimore (2008). David has led this walk to great acclaim on many occasions.  Today, he is doing so for a good cause. As one past pedestrian commentated after walking with David, ‘Once you’ve gone on this walk, the city centre will never be the same again’.

£5 per ticket; all proceeds from ticket sales will go to ASSIST Sheffield; the only Sheffield charity focused on supporting destitute asylum seekers. To book please contact David at or 0114 296 0806 


Tuesday 21st June ‘Watching the Detectives’ led by Nikki Sharpe with Poetry Reading from Angelina Abel 19:30 – 20:30 The Art House, 8 Backfields, off Division Street, S1 4HJ  


How can we use the Human Rights Act to ensure that Sheffield’s BME communities are properly protected? Nikki Sharpe will share her legal and activism experience to outline a plan of action. She will highlight how through the use of advocacy – local people can combine to argue in a collective and strategic way to ensure more accountability of our locally elected/ representative bodies – be they the police, magistrates, councillor or officials in whatever capacity. Nikki has, through successful initiatives such as the award-winning ‘Youth Can Achieve’, demonstrated a sense of purpose and clarity in her thinking and actions. Such work needs groundswell support. So come along and add your voice.

To complement Nikki’s presentation, Angelina Abel (see photograph above) will perform poetry that reaches to the very heart of the Civil Rights struggle, emphasising the need for people to take action. So come along and engage and contribute to the discussion. Expect to be moved by Angelina’s powerful rendition of poetic work.

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Friday 24th June  Student Showpiece of work 17:00 – 20:00 Stoddard Room 9130, Cantor Building, Sheffield Hallam University.

Exhibition of student work done in response to the Journey to Justice exhibition.  Members of the public are invited to come,  browse and view their work. There will be performances but most of the work will be displayed in visual and written pieces.

Free entry

Sunday 26th June Legacy of the Journey to Justice Exhibition Programme: Sheffield’s Voices for Equality.
12.00 – 14.00 Town Hall Reception Rooms A and B, Pinstone Street, Sheffield, S1 2HH

Please share with us what has been an exciting mix of events that bared witness to this city’s remarkable crucible of protest, pioneers and struggles for equality, freedom and human rights. A performance piece and then a short address will be followed with the opportunity for all to network and share time with each other as we remember the social justice issues of Sheffield’s past and present. Refreshments will be available on arrival. Town Hall doors will open at 11.30 a.m.

Entry £1