Drawing on the familial themes present within Joy Labinjo's practice and her current solo show in the gallery, As We Were, Bloc Projects is hosting an introduction to genealogy workshop developed in partnership with the artist and led by local historian and research student Laura Alston. Over tea and cake, Laura will cover the basics to unearthing your own family's history, sharing useful tips and sources. The session will also be an opportunity for guests to share their own unique family histories.
Laura Alston is a PhD student at the University of Sheffield. Laura's research focuses the history of emotion, society and culture. Her work undertakes detailed analyses of the language used by women to produce micro-studies of individuals and small communities. Laura also works as a public historian in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire, including on Unravelling the Tinsley Court Rolls and Sheffield Voices in WW1. Laura has also been lead historian on a project in collaboration with Kidology Arts CIC entitled The Derbyshire Stokers Project, researcher for An Open Ground exhibition at Bloc Projects and Project Officer for the Tinsley Time and Travel project. At the moment Laura is working on the project A Better Life in Lowedges and has just finished teaching a course on Researching your Family Genealogy.
Whilst Bloc Project's works hard to maintain a Public Programme that is free for everyone, they kindly ask you to consider bringing something along to donate to the local Foodbank – see a list of much needed items.