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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

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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!

ANIMATION WORKSHOP

Interested in being creative? Come and join in!animation poster

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!

For more information click here. To contact us click here

 

Tour de France

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Early Saturday morning before the event

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.

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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._MG_2845

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.

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Welcome to the new Roots of Iron Website

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.

Smithing with a charcoal forge