Woolley Woods Iron Smelting
Book Now! Free – open to young people aged 11-25.
Only 8 places available
Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th October
10am – 4pm (set up from 9am)
If you would like to join us – please download booking forms here
Half term Iron Smelting details word document
Every Tuesday 6-8 Wincobank Chapel, Wincobank Avenue, S5 6BB for young people aged 11+
Come and learn how to make an animated film, make a lantern or be part of the drama at the Light up the Hill event on Wincobank Hill
Films made will be shown as part of the Light up the Hill Event on top of Wincobank Hill on Tuesday 18th November 5pm-7
Free – just turn up!
Light up the Hill is an amazing lantern lit night time procession up Wincobank Hill. The event combines darkness and light, trees and fire and music and drama to help bring the ancient history of Wincobank Hillfort to life. It is free to visitors from near and far. Watch a video of Light up the Hill 2012 here:
Roots of Iron will be joining the fun by working with young people to make a film or animation based on themes of Wincobank Hill through time. The film will be shown along with the drama as part of the event. There will also be opportunities to join in with the drama, and, of course, make some lanterns. The first session will take place on Tuesday 30th September at Wincobank Chapel at 6pm till 8pm. The sessions are free, and open to young people aged 11 -25.
Watch this space for more information.
Wincobank Hill was in the international news when the world’s most famous cycle race; the Tour de France; picked Jenkin Road on the route of stage two. The road would turn out to be the steepest incline of the entire race, and ten of thousands of people gathered to watch the cyclist struggle up it.
Roots of Iron celebrated the Hill by creating an Iron Age village. Roger and students from the University of Sheffield created the world’s first bicycle powered bloomery furnace, using clay from Woolley Woods and a bike that had been welded together (several times) in Roger’s garage. Local young people helped shape the furnace and pedal the bike to power the furnace. The Friends of Wincobank Hill, actors Chris Binns and John Overton helped provide the Celtic and Roman dramatics.
Local schools also contributed to the atmosphere having helped Heeley City Farm decorate their Iron Age roundhouse, and create a giant torque land art that could be viewed from the air.
What is Roots of Iron?
Have you ever wanted to have a go at working metal on a forge? Or wondered how they first extracted iron from the rocks of Sheffield? Or how the people that lived here 2500 years ago actually lived?
Roots of Iron is a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund for young people aged 11 – 25. Based round yearly events that happen on Wincobank Hill and Woolley Woods, we will have a go at some of those ancient crafts, and find creative ways to share the ancient history with the rest of our community.