Category Archives: Roots of Iron

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If you missed the Roots of Iron Heritage Skills Open Day on July 9th then have a look at this brilliant little video and catch up with some fabulous demonstrations with commentary from the archaeology students who braved the torrential rain to set up a bloomery forge in the chapel gardens.  From bronze and copper work to flint-napping and pottery the Iron Age way, it’s a joy to watch.  Watch out also for the excellent camera work and interviewing skills of the youngest member of our film crew.

Roots of Iron youtube Heritage Skills Open Day

And this wraps up a wonderful two year project funded by the National Lottery ( Heritage Lottery Young Roots ).  The project involved 777 young people aged 11 – 25 and many more besides. Many, many thanks to anyone who has ever bought a lottery ticket! We’re all winners.

But  – We will be Lighting Up the Hill again on Tuesday 15th November 2016, leaving the chapel at 5pm to walk through the woods and up the hill by lamplight.  Look out for details of additional community workshops and activities throughout October. And see you there   .

Celebration Heritage Skills Day

Rain did not stop play…

Despite the dismal downpour early on the day of our Celebration Day on July 11th, a host of enthusiastic archaeology students descended on Wincobank to share with local people their skills and knowledge.  Setting up a bloomery beneath blue tarps they set out about stoking the forge and melting down bronze to cast into replica Bronze Age axe heads. Elsewhere in the gardens there was open fire cooking and a shelter building challenge for younger children.  Meanwhile, indoors there was a remarkably tasty Roman Feast to be consumed, pottery to be made and a rolling programme of  films made by other groups during the Roots of Iron project.  The final task was for everyone to burn their names, in ancient Celtic Ogham  script, into the commemorative bench that will be installed deep in Wincobank Woods to remind us all for years to come of this fantastic project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile back at the club…

We had agreed that on some Tuesday evenings we would hold Young Roots activities at Wincobank Youth Group for any young people who wanted to join in.

James the Ranger showed how to make bird feeders from pine cones and peanut butter and Jon Harrison came back to explain how to edit the Hue and Cry film so that Rudi and Dylan could do it themselves.  Penny came in  with a bag of clay and a clay green man face –  rather weird looking with leaves sprouting everywhere. We made faces which Anna fired for us in her kiln,

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

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

smelting pic

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!

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

Woolley Wood Bluebell Festival – 2nd May

Over hundreds of years, Woolley Wood in North Sheffield has the time to produce one of the most magnificent populations of Bluebells in South Yorkshire. To celebrate this, and the woodland’s rich industrial heritage we are holding the Bluebell Festival on the 2nd May. There will be activities for the whole family!

Facebook event page here

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Sparks in the Dark

Spring is nearly here! The birds are singing to each other, the daffs are nearly out, and everyone is finally over that cold they’ve had for the last 6 weeks.

But! Remember last November as the nights were drawing in? We had a great time chasing away the darkness with our lanterns and furnaces on Wincobank Hill as part of the Light up the Hill event.

Volunteer Film maker Martin Currie sent a group of young people off with cameras to record the event, and this is the result of their excellent camera work and Martin’s production skills.

Proof that without darkness there would be no light!