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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! ūüôā

For information about Archaeology and Ale please click here

Catherine

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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:

‚ÄėQ-pit‚Äôexcavations 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!

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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Wild Things – Three Days in Pictures

Half term in detail

Wilderness skills pic

What are we doing next week?

Monday

Using nature to light fire

Deer hide curing

Making cordage using drop spindles

Using a shave horse and making beads and buttons

Tuesday 

Using a bow drill to light fire with friction

Make and bake bread on a fire

Using smoke to preserve and flavour food

Pancakes!

Wednesday

Self directed activities using skills learnt on previous two days

There are a few of spaces available Рclick here for booking form Info and Booking form wilderness or contact Catherine Nuttgens on 0114 2736199 or email catherine.nuttgens@sheffield.gov.uk

Wildnerness Skills – Extra Day Added

We will now be running Wilderness Skills  from Monday 16th to Wednesday 18th February

Would you like to learn how to use a bow drill to light a fire? Or preserve a deer skin or make smoked fish? We are having fun with these and other ancient arts on Wincobank Hill this half term. Come and join us for Wilderness Skills!

Wilderness skills pic

If you would like to book on. ring Catherine Nuttgens on 0114 2736199, or you can download the booking form by clicking:

Info and Booking form wilderness

Send completed booking forms to catherine.nuttgens@sheffield.gov.uk

February Half Term Activities – Come and join us!

Would you like to learn how to use a bow drill to light a fire? Or preserve a deer skin or make smoked fish? We are having fun with these and other ancient arts on Wincobank Hill this half term. Come and join us for Wilderness Skills!

Wilderness skills pic

If you would like to book on. ring Catherine Nuttgens on 0114 2736199, or you can download the booking form by clicking:

Info and Booking form wilderness

Send completed booking forms to catherine.nuttgens@sheffield.gov.uk