Category Archives: young people

Deep in the Woods

If you go down in the woods today – have a look for our bench.2016-08-02 18.36.03The young people of the Roots of Iron project have burnt their names into the bench using the ancient symbols of the Celtic Language, Ogham.  If you came climbing – you just might find it…2016-08-02 18.35.26

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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,

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

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

 

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

Bow Making in Woolley Wood

Robin Hood himself may have roamed Woolley Wood beneath the grandparents of the trees that grow there now. He may even have carried with him a longbow made from fine Sheffield ash wood.

At Easter we are going to be following in his footsteps and craft bows of our own, with the help of master craftsman Henk Littlewood. We will be testing the bows out along with other Archery Skills at the Bluebell Festival on the 2nd May.

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For more information and if you would like to book a place on the course please download the booking form

Long Bow booking form

Whane completed email it to catherine.nuttgens@sheffield.gov.uk

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!