Be 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
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
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!
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!
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.
‘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.
How have native animals shaped our landscape and diets? Look at animal bones with our researchers.
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.
Performances will take place throughout the event. Find out about our local musical heritage by talking with the musicians.
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.
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.
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!
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!