All posts by Penny Rea

I am a member of Friends of Wincobank Hill, a teacher, youth worker and a Forest School leader. I love Wincobank Hill and I want everyone else to love it and look after it too.

Be part of the drama this half term!

grow picBe part of a spectacular project this half term led by Growtheatre – if designing, making or performing are your thing then get in touch now!  You will be creating weird and wonderful street performances to appear at the Light Up The Hill event, 10 November 2015. The performances will take place outdoors in the dark on Wincobank Hill.  During the half term project you will:

 – Explore how to use Wincobank Hill as a performance space
 – Devise street performances for different locations on the hill
 – Learn how to create dramatic lighting effects
 – Design and make costumes and props

Dates and Times:

Wednesday 28th to Thursday 29th October 2pm to 7pm.

Monday 09 November 4pm – 7pm

for an evening rehearsal on the hill

Tuesday 10th November 4pm – 7pm

for the performance at Light Up The Hill Event

Meet at Wincobank Chapel, Wincobank Avenue, Sheffield S5 6BB

Booking

Click here to fill in a booking form, or ring Catherine Nuttgens on 0114 2736199 (email catherine.nuttgens@sheffield.gov.uk) if you would like the form in another format, or have any other questions.

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Rekindling ancient footsteps – help us Light up the Hill!

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It’s getting to that time of year again when the people of Wincobank don sturdy shoes and grab a lantern to celebrate one of Sheffield’s great ancient monuments – Wincobank Iron Age Hillfort.

To be part of the fun, Roots of Iron will be running the following activities for young people:

  • Theatre Workshops. Work with light and sound and be part of making make the procession magical!

  • Blacksmithing WorkshopsTry your hand at smithing and make Wincobank ring with the sound of the anvil again! Make something to take home and be proud of.

  • Lantern workshops. Make your own lantern for the procession. it could be a lantern for someone little to carry or a huge sculpture: the choice is yours!

Most activities will happen at Half term and be based at Wincobank Chapel.

Details to follow in the next day or two – if you have any questions email catherine.nuttgens@sheffield.gov.uk, or ring 0114 2736199

Archaeology and Ale – Come and join us!

Thursday 27th August 5.45pm at the Red Deer Pub, Pitt Street, Sheffield

Through the Woods and under the Earth

Fun ways to learn about Sheffield’s landscape history

I will be talking a bit about how we have helped people enjoy and understand the natural and archaeological heritage in the city, and then the audience will be able to have a go at some activities themselves. You should all be able to take something home! 🙂

For information about Archaeology and Ale please click here

Catherine

The Mystery of the Factory in the Woods

An Audio Adventure & Guided Walk in Ecclesall Woods.

Young people and archaeology students have been working with Grow theatre and SCC to put together the Audio Adventure. Embark on an amazing audio adventure through time, take a guided walk to discover stories of Ecclesall Woods and learn how archaeology can teach us how to understand the past: songs, stories and incredible facts for all the family!

Click on this link for details

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Photos from Woodland Heritage Day

Archaeology in the City put on a couple of thoroughly enjoyable days!

This two-day festival was a celebration of local research and local heritage and offered the public an opportunity to join in with some free hands-on activities, demonstrations and talks, held in and around the Discovery Centre at Ecclesall Woods. Both days were a great success with around 1200 visitors joining us over the two days. Thanks to both the public and all the volunteers (and the sunshine) for making this such a wonderful two days!

Link to their page here

Click on the pictures for a slide show

Woodland Heritage Festival 25th – 26th May

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The fabulous archaeology students from the University of Sheffield are putting on a free family event at Ecclesall Woods. Get hands-on with cutting edge experimental archaeology!


This two-day festival is a celebration of local research and local heritage which offers the public an opportunity to join in with free hands-on activities, demonstrations and talks, held in and around the Discovery Centre at Ecclesall Woods. Regular 15-minute presentations within the Discovery Centre running alongside the ongoing events throughout the two day festival.

Archaeology:

‘Q-pit’excavations have recently taken place in Ecclesall woods: see their discoveries first hand and ask the excavators about it and be a part of further understanding white coal production.

Zooarchaeology:

How have native animals shaped our landscape and diets? Look at animal bones with our researchers.

Osteology:

Come and learn how osteologists understand past population health, diet and lifestyles from human remains.

Arts and crafts:

Get hands-on with our ancient local industries and participate in Iron Age furnace building, iron smelting, bronze casting, basket weaving and pottery making and firing.

Traditional music:

Performances will take place throughout the event. Find out about our local musical heritage by talking with the musicians.

Digital humanities:

Access your local and national heritage from your own living room. Find out how you and your family can get involved in future archaeological explorations in and around Sheffield with 3D artifact modeling.

For the kids:

There will also be a series of activities running throughout the two days for younger children as well, this will include pottery making, sand pit excavations, den building, archaeological trails and history comic book colouring in.

For timetable of events Click Here

For the facebook event Click Here

 

Pictures from the Bluebell Festival

A big thank you to everyone for coming. We had a great day!

Why Bluebells are worth celebrating

Bluebells yesterday (28th April) in Woolley Wood
Bluebells yesterday (28th April) in Woolley Wood

The bluebells are performing for the Bluebell Festival on Saturday. Hooray!

Carpets of bluebells are unique to the British Isles. They are what’s known as ‘indicator species’ for ancient woodland, as it takes hundreds of years for large populations of bluebells to form beneath the tree canopy. It is an intriguing thought that the first bluebell in Woolley Woods my have grown during the English Civil War, or even as the glaciers were retreating from Great Britain after the last Ice Age.

Whether Woolley wood’s bluebells are 350 or 10,000 years old, they are precious, beautiful and unique, and are worth looking after.

See you on Saturday!

Catherine

Spring in the Woods at Ecclesall

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View from the office in Ecclesall Woods

I sit here typing at the Discovery Centre in Ecclesall Woods. The weather is glorious – out the window I can see new larch needles glowing against a blue sky and  cotton tufts of cherry blossom decorating bare branches. The snow bound articulated lorry stranded on our drive seems a long time ago…

I’ve been busy setting up for our open day this Sunday  – Spring in the Woods.  We’ve got pole lathes and ceramics and pizza and music and childrens activities and lots more, so come and join us!spring 15

But don’t forgot the bluebells the week after!

Long bows in the storm

Shaving the beams in the sunshine
Shaving the beams in the sunshine

An exciting two days – the first day we braved the weather in the woods. Bows were shaped below thunder and hail. The second day the Wincobank 61st Scouts kindly lent us their scout house, where the access to shelter and a kettle was well received. 8 bows were crafted, one broke whilst stringing – such is the nature of wood. The level of skill from the young people was impressive, and the perseverance despite adversity was something they should be very proud of. I think we have met some of the crafts people of the future!

The bows will be tested at the Bluebell festival on the 2nd May