Sheffield graveyard hosts an event to celebrate the National Cemeteries Week

5 May 2022

The fascinating history of a Sheffield graveyard will be brought to life for National Cemeteries Week.

A hidden gem, Zion Graveyard in Attercliffe, will be the focus of the celebration this Sunday.

One of the organisers of the event, Sylvia Jones, said: “The purpose of holding this event is to commemorate people’s relatives who are buried in the graveyard.”

One of the most famous graves discovered at the cemetery is of Mary Ann Rawson, Sheffield’s first anti-slavery campaigner.

Sheffield author, Michelle Rawlins, will give a talk at the event about the history of the Women of Steel, sharing the story of the city’s brave women during the 2nd World War.

Throughout the war, many of the women working in the munition factories in Attercliffe lived and socialised around Zion Lane near the graveyard.

On the afternoon of the event, there will also be an organised bookmark making activity for any children who attend. 

Sylvia added: “This event provides a great opportunity for people to find out more about the graveyard.”

Michelle, who alsu teaches in the Journalism Studies department, said: “I’m delighted to be involved in the event. Many of the women I refer to in my book Women of Steel have also lived and worked in the area. Attercliffe was a bustling suburb of the city and it’s always a pleasure to talk about the lives these remarkable women led.”

The Sheffield event takes place between 2 and 4 pm on 8 May at Zion Graveyard in Attercliffe. For further information, call 07980143776.

The National Cemeteries Week aims to celebrate the work of voluntary groups in local cemeteries, by inviting Cemetery Friends to arrange special events during the week.

Written by Yue Jiang

First year Journalism student at the University of Sheffield

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