As with all the other hubs the Sheffield group has undertaken a 5 week programme of fieldwork. They visited Heeley City Farm where they helped to build up the roundhouse and try their hand at pottery and weaving.
Due to appalling weather their field walking at Hicklton had to be cancelled but Alan Hall at Doncaster Museum stepped in at the last minute to make a very enjoyable visit to the museum and suggestion of places for the group to visit in Doncaster once the rain stopped!
At Brodsworth Hall the group really enjoyed looking round the gardens and discovering the history of the people who loved at the Hall. The interest in boats of the owner Charles Thellusson and the love of animals and racing horses. Learners also heard how Charles Dickens had based his novel Bleak House around the long running legal case surrounding the will of Peter Thellusson and the rest of the family.
The group also welcome Fiona Parr, the new WEA regional Director who was keen to find out about the Archaeology project and the activities undertaken.
On the 24th July the learners went to Staveley Hall, near Chesterfield. In contrast with previous weeks this was the hottest day of the year so far! Under the guidance of Mike McCoy and his team learners were able to
excavate a section of road next to a 18th century Midden. Learners were thrilled to discover 300 year old wine bottles, oyster shells, cockle shells, pieces of pottery and brick. They all worked really carefully and also enjoyed sieving along side the other archaeologists on site
who were working on the main midden.
8 May – The Sheffield Hub held a launch event at Burton Street Foundation, where the first Sheffield group is working with tutor Sally Rodgers. Around 30 people, including the learners’ families and friends, archaeologists, volunteers and WEA staff as well as staff from Burton Street, had the chance to meet the group and find out what archaeology they had been doing.
‘It is very exciting to be working with this extraordinary group of people,’ said Sally. ‘We have already been looking at evidence of how the neighbourhood has changed over time and are looking forward to more activities in the local area and more widely across the area.’ The group will be teaming up with other groups in the project for a number of field visits, where they will be involved in field walking, excavation and reconstruction at local sites such as the Iron Age Roundhouse at Heeley City Farm and Brodsworth Hall near Doncaster.