every object
tells a story

Family Learning through objects in the home and in museums

About the project

Background

Every Object Tells a Story – a short history

Every Object Tells a Story was funded from the University of Sheffield’s Knowledge Transfer Opportunities Fund, which aims to turn research into something people can use.


The original project was called ‘Ferham Families’ and was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Diasporas Migration Identities fund. The project aimed to look at the relationship between objects in the home and the narratives of migration of families of Pakistani heritage. The project involved five families who were able to share their stories and objects with the team. The stories and objects that were collected were displayed in an exhibition in Rotherham Arts Centre in March 2007. The original project team were Kate Pahl, University of Sheffield, Andy Pollard, Sheffield Hallam University and Zahir Rafiq, who worked in partnership with Steve Blackburn, Clifton Park Museum, Di Clegg, Ferham School and Wendy Leak, Rotherham Central Sure Start to deliver the project. Additional funding from Creative Partnerships enabled us to develop a website.


Kate Pahl, University of Sheffield, ran the project called Every Object Tells A Story. The website and materials pack was designed by Zahir Rafiq, and was delivered in partnership with Museums Libraries and Archives (MLA), Yorkshire. Abigail Hackett wrote the learning pack and the materials were piloted by Jacqui Lindsay, Sheffield Family Learning, and Parven Akhter, Burngreave Community Learning Campaign.


The Ferham Families Exhibition

The exhibition celebrated the lives of Asian families who have lived and worked in Rotherham for more than 50 years.


It tells their family history. It focuses on fascinating aspects of their migration to the town and their family life today. Their stories encourage us to reflect on our own family history.


In thinking about their sense of identity, the families agreed to contribute artefacts, photographs and personal stories to this exhibition. What would you include in a display about your family life?


Click on the image below to view the gallery of the exhibition.



Flash Presentation

The Ferham Families presentation contains individual stories of the Khan Family who have been gracious enough to provide a fascinating insight in to their family history. This presentation also contains personal accounts of law graduate Ghalaza who talks about her aspiration and her family.


The flash presentation was constructed Artist Zahir Rafiq, with the Khan children Umar Khan, Aliya Khan and Haris Khan. The Khan children went through the process of developing an interactive presentation, which culminated with them putting together their own section in the Khan Kids page of this site, where they talk about some of their interest through the use of certain personal possessions.


To the view the Presentation click on the link below. Please note! to view the Flash Presentation your divice must play Flash content.



The Team

Kate Pahl

Project director and researcher

Kate works at the School of Education at the University of Sheffield where she does research and teaching. Her webpage is here: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/education/staff/academic/pahl


Zahir Rafiq

Designer

Zahir Rafiq is an artist and a graphic designer. He specialises in contemporary Islamic art and website development. He has exhibited his work around the UK, most recently at the South Bank Centre in London.


He has worked with organisations such as South Yorkshire Police to produce artwork for a poster campaign and also participated in a national exhibition for Islamic Awareness Week, on the theme of "Your Muslim Neighbour.” He believes art can be used to increase tolerance and understanding between people from different cultural backgrounds. This was evident when he worked in partnership with the Rotherham Tourist Initiative to hold the first exhibition of Islamic art within a Christian Church at All Saints in Rotherham.


Zahir’s involvement in this project was to design the Learning resource pack and the website.


Abi Hackett

Author of pack

Abi is a member of the early years teaching team at the School of Education at the University of Sheffield. Her web page is here: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/education/staff/academic/hacketta


Parven Akhter

Family learning advisor

Parven Akhter is doing a doctorate at the University of Sheffield on South Asian families' digital literacy practices. This is a description of her research: Based on `New Literacies´ (Lankshear & Knobel, 2008), Funds of Knowledge (Gonzalez et at, 2005), New Literacy Studies (Barton et al, 2000), syncretic literacies (Gregory et al, 2004), and Family Capital (Rose, 2008), this research will examine how different home variables such as family objects, history and cultural capital affect children's education in the homes of diverse families. The project particularly draws on research on South Asian heritage families in North of England, on the importance of children´s use of cultural texts, artefacts and technology in order to bring about meaning-making. It will employ a collaborative process involving families, community development practitioners and local school teachers. The study will analyse family literacy practices between children from different cultural backgrounds in their home environments. It will also include an investigation into the impact of developing literacy learning resources for local schools and family learning practitioners that are based on established relationships between school and home.


Jacquie Lindsay

Family learning adviser


Karen Kitchen

Project secretary



  • Background
  • Exhibition
  • Flash Presentation
  • The Team

About the project

Background

Every Object Tells a Story – a short history

Every Object Tells a Story was funded from the University of Sheffield’s Knowledge Transfer Opportunities Fund, which aims to turn research into something people can use.


The original project was called ‘Ferham Families’ and was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Diasporas Migration Identities fund. The project aimed to look at the relationship between objects in the home and the narratives of migration of families of Pakistani heritage. The project involved five families who were able to share their stories and objects with the team. The stories and objects that were collected were displayed in an exhibition in Rotherham Arts Centre in March 2007. The original project team were Kate Pahl, University of Sheffield, Andy Pollard, Sheffield Hallam University and Zahir Rafiq, who worked in partnership with Steve Blackburn, Clifton Park Museum, Di Clegg, Ferham School and Wendy Leak, Rotherham Central Sure Start to deliver the project. Additional funding from Creative Partnerships enabled us to develop a website.


Kate Pahl, University of Sheffield, ran the project called Every Object Tells A Story. The website and materials pack was designed by Zahir Rafiq, and was delivered in partnership with Museums Libraries and Archives (MLA), Yorkshire. Abigail Hackett wrote the learning pack and the materials were piloted by Jacqui Lindsay, Sheffield Family Learning, and Parven Akhter, Burngreave Community Learning Campaign.


The Ferham Families Exhibition

The exhibition celebrated the lives of Asian families who have lived and worked in Rotherham for more than 50 years.


It tells their family history. It focuses on fascinating aspects of their migration to the town and their family life today. Their stories encourage us to reflect on our own family history.


In thinking about their sense of identity, the families agreed to contribute artefacts, photographs and personal stories to this exhibition. What would you include in a display about your family life?


Click on the image below to view the gallery of the exhibition.



Flash Presentation

The Ferham Families presentation contains individual stories of the Khan Family who have been gracious enough to provide a fascinating insight in to their family history. This presentation also contains personal accounts of law graduate Ghalaza who talks about her aspiration and her family.


The flash presentation was constructed Artist Zahir Rafiq, with the Khan children Umar Khan, Aliya Khan and Haris Khan. The Khan children went through the process of developing an interactive presentation, which culminated with them putting together their own section in the Khan Kids page of this site, where they talk about some of their interest through the use of certain personal possessions.


To the view the Presentation click on the link below. Please note! to view the Flash Presentation your divice must play Flash content.



The Team

Kate Pahl

Project director and researcher

Kate works at the School of Education at the University of Sheffield where she does research and teaching. Her webpage is here: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/education/staff/academic/pahl


Zahir Rafiq

Designer

Zahir Rafiq is an artist and a graphic designer. He specialises in contemporary Islamic art and website development. He has exhibited his work around the UK, most recently at the South Bank Centre in London.


He has worked with organisations such as South Yorkshire Police to produce artwork for a poster campaign and also participated in a national exhibition for Islamic Awareness Week, on the theme of "Your Muslim Neighbour.” He believes art can be used to increase tolerance and understanding between people from different cultural backgrounds. This was evident when he worked in partnership with the Rotherham Tourist Initiative to hold the first exhibition of Islamic art within a Christian Church at All Saints in Rotherham.


Zahir’s involvement in this project was to design the Learning resource pack and the website.


Abi Hackett

Author of pack

Abi is a member of the early years teaching team at the School of Education at the University of Sheffield. Her web page is here: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/education/staff/academic/hacketta


Parven Akhter

Family learning advisor

Parven Akhter is doing a doctorate at the University of Sheffield on South Asian families' digital literacy practices. This is a description of her research: Based on `New Literacies´ (Lankshear & Knobel, 2008), Funds of Knowledge (Gonzalez et at, 2005), New Literacy Studies (Barton et al, 2000), syncretic literacies (Gregory et al, 2004), and Family Capital (Rose, 2008), this research will examine how different home variables such as family objects, history and cultural capital affect children's education in the homes of diverse families. The project particularly draws on research on South Asian heritage families in North of England, on the importance of children's use of cultural texts, artefacts and technology in order to bring about meaning-making. It will employ a collaborative process involving families, community development practitioners and local school teachers. The study will analyse family literacy practices between children from different cultural backgrounds in their home environments. It will also include an investigation into the impact of developing literacy learning resources for local schools and family learning practitioners that are based on established relationships between school and home.


Jacquie Lindsay

Family learning adviser


Karen Kitchen

Project secretary



About the project

Background

Every Object Tells a Story – a short history

Every Object Tells a Story was funded from the University of Sheffield’s Knowledge Transfer Opportunities Fund, which aims to turn research into something people can use.


The original project was called ‘Ferham Families’ and was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Diasporas Migration Identities fund. The project aimed to look at the relationship between objects in the home and the narratives of migration of families of Pakistani heritage. The project involved five families who were able to share their stories and objects with the team. The stories and objects that were collected were displayed in an exhibition in Rotherham Arts Centre in March 2007. The original project team were Kate Pahl, University of Sheffield, Andy Pollard, Sheffield Hallam University and Zahir Rafiq, who worked in partnership with Steve Blackburn, Clifton Park Museum, Di Clegg, Ferham School and Wendy Leak, Rotherham Central Sure Start to deliver the project. Additional funding from Creative Partnerships enabled us to develop a website.


Kate Pahl, University of Sheffield, ran the project called Every Object Tells A Story. The website and materials pack was designed by Zahir Rafiq, and was delivered in partnership with Museums Libraries and Archives (MLA), Yorkshire. Abigail Hackett wrote the learning pack and the materials were piloted by Jacqui Lindsay, Sheffield Family Learning, and Parven Akhter, Burngreave Community Learning Campaign.


The Ferham Families Exhibition

The exhibition celebrated the lives of Asian families who have lived and worked in Rotherham for more than 50 years.

It tells their family history. It focuses on fascinating aspects of their migration to the town and their family life today. Their stories encourage us to reflect on our own family history.

In thinking about their sense of identity, the families agreed to contribute artefacts, photographs and personal stories to this exhibition. What would you include in a display about your family life?

Flash Presentation

The Ferham Families presentation contains individual stories of the Khan Family who have been gracious enough to provide a fascinating insight in to their family history. This presentation also contains personal accounts of law graduate Ghalaza who talks about her aspiration and her family.

The flash presentation was constructed Artist Zahir Rafiq, with the Khan children Umar Khan, Aliya Khan and Haris Khan. The Khan children went through the process of developing an interactive presentation, which culminated with them putting together their own section in the Khan Kids page of this site, where they talk about some of their interest through the use of certain personal possessions.

To the view the Presentation click on the link below. Please note! to view the Flash Presentation your device must play Flash content.


The Team

Kate Pahl

Project director and researcher


Zahir Rafiq

Designer


Abi Hackett

Author of pack


Parven Akhter

Family learning advisor


Jacquie Lindsay

Family learning advisor


Karen Kitchen

Project secretary