Root to Table: a follow-on from our Living History Project, exploring migrant heritage through food culture and storytelling. 


The Purpose

The purpose of Root to Table is to train young people through a series of workshops to capture, understand and articulate the life experiences of Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee communities, with food as a common bond.
These young people will also create a heritage cookbook distributed freely with other community organisations to stir up interest and enthusiasm in heritage.
This project builds upon the incredible success of Element’s previous heritage project, “Displaced Migrants, Living History Project” which attracted overwhelming positive feedback from everyone involved.

Young People

We're looking for young people aged 14-24 from any and all backgrounds. 

Young people will be the project's driving force, interviewing migrants, collecting recipes, hosting events and developing a cookbook. They will receive all the training they need to do this:

Introducing 'Communicating with Words and Images' Workshop

      • How visual storytelling can be used to present key historical information 
      • Discussions around contemporary social and human rights issues
      • Looking at migration across the world and in Sheffield. 
      • Creating 'zine's about the topics discussed throughout the day

Recording Oral History

      • Delivered by an expert in oral history 
      • Interview techniques - how to record oral histories 
      • Ethics - the moral principles involved when recording people's heritage 
      • Compiling and editing - how to bring recordings together to be coherent 

Coping with Traumatic Stories

      • How to collect stories sensitively 
      • How to cope with hearing traumatic stories

Use the register interest form at the top of the page to get involved! 

We will be running 3 cohorts between Jan and June in 2024!

Training Dates

FULL - Group 1 - Saturday 27th - Sunday 28th January 2024 - 10 am - 4 pm 

3 SPACES LEFT - Group 2 - Saturday 23rd - Sunday 24th March 2024 - 10 am - 4 pm 

Group 3 - Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd June 2024 - 10 am - 4 pm 

dates subject to change 

People and Communities

We're seeking community organisations and people with migrant heritage to get involved!
This could be through sharing recipes, hosting events, being interviewed, receiving our cookbook, being event speakers, etc. 

Use the same register interest form to get involved. 

Interview Dates

days and times flexable to fit around you and the young people

Group 1 - February to March 2024 

Group 2 - March to June 2024

Group 3 -  June to August 2024

Download our flyer here

Who we're working with



Celebration and Dissemination Events

This project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund