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In this family-friendly workshop, artist and musician Jennifer Reid will teach participants how to write their own folk ballads in response to our exhibition IN-SIDE-OUT-SIDE-IN.

Together we will generate mythologies based on Ladybower Resevoir’s sinkhole and the hidden histories that lay beneath, and explore archival material of Sheffield’s long lost ‘Hole in the Road’.  Participants will then learn how to construct these stories in the style of a traditional folk ballad.

This workshop is suitable for audiences aged 8+. Intergenerational collaboration is encouraged. 


This event will take place on the ground floor of our building which is wheelchair accessible. There are accessible toilets on the same floor. If you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to improve your visit please email

Artwork: Courtesy of Picture Sheffield. Photo: Jules Lister.


Jennifer Reid is a performer of nineteenth century Lancashire dialect and Victorian broadside ballads.  After volunteering at Chetham’s Library and the Working Class Movement Library, Jennifer completed an Advanced Diploma in Local History at Oxford University. She researches nineteenth century music to; educate students from primary school to university level, perform the songs and stories live, develop talks and seminars for history group and contribute academically to the field with funded research and artistic projects.

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