A few years ago, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded funding to the South Yorkshire Women’s Development Trust to carry out an Oral History project: ‘South Yorkshire Women in Industry’.

The project aims to research and archive the experiences of South Yorkshire women working in industry over the past 100 years, record their experiences and celebrate their contribution to the region’s heritage. The report compares and maps the changes in women’s lives over the past 100 years and gives  an overview of socio-political circumstance of women in society and as workers in Industry.

Dr Fiona Spiers Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and the Humber said: “Women played a vital role in the industrial heritage of the South Yorkshire Region; a hidden historythat is sometimes forgotten. ‘The South Yorkshire Women in Industry’ project will preserve this unique heritage by bringing their stories to life, letting everyone get involved and share their past.”

One of our photographer, Brijesh-Patel went up north and shot some portraits of the women interviewed for the project. Here are some of the photographs: