Loved&Lost at Weston Park Museum

© Andy Brown

Photographer, Simon Bray’s Loved&Lost project invites participants to explore their experience of loss. As part of part of a major exhibition at Weston Park Museum later this year, he’s looking for a Sheffield participant to share their story.

Loved&Lost invites people who have lost someone close to them to tell the story of a moment in time, acknowledge their loss and celebrate someone they love through re-staging a family photograph and recording an interview. The project was set up after I lost my Dad to cancer, and more recently my younger sister. I work closely with participants to find a suitable photograph and we then return together to the location where the image was taken, a restorative and positive experience that brings back happy memories and offers space for to remember those no longer with us. After taking some simple photographs, we'll then find a quiet place to get a cup of tea and record a short conversation about the experience of returning to the place and what that person meant to you, an opportunity to remember and celebrate them.

Loved&Lost has previously been featured in The Guardian, on BBC News, BBC Breakfast TV and BBC Radio and has connected with people all across the world. The stories offer support and solace to those who are grieving and feel alone.

“I have been commissioned by Museums Sheffield to make a new story with a Sheffield resident, which will be displayed at Weston Park Museum this December in an exhibition which brings together the existing stories from the project. I’m keen that the project explores diverse perspectives and would be particularly interested in speaking with Black British, Asian British and mixed race participants. The original photograph that we re-stage doesn't have to be taken in Sheffield, (although that would be good!), you simply have to live here.

“If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch through the project website: or email me directly at

 Image: Maike and Paul, Penzance, Cornwall © Simon Bray.

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