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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

 

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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!

Photos from Half term – Smelting!

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Squishing Clay from Woolley Wood to build the furnace
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Everyone works together to make the bricks to build the furnace. We discussed Chinese politics – we are a high brow lot!
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Building the furnace. This was Durrell One. Sadly she collapsed a bit later, so we built Durrell Two.
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Durrell Two gets a face courtesy of Joe. The fire we have lit to dry her out is monitored carefully. Sometimes with marshmallows.
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Youth workers making iron
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We add iron ore and charcoal. The bellows pump air into the furnace to get it up to 1250C, which is hot enough to turn the iron ore into metallic iron. Yvette seals the cracks that appear in the furnace.
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The bellows need to be worked for the whole day.
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Lunch on the Lost Gateway and a cat.
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One of Jason Thomson’s sculptures nearby.
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Durrell Two in the woods.
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Archaeologists at work
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Yvette explains the tapping process. We are going to get the iron out of the furnace.
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Durrell Two gives birth to a lot of Iron!
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A large lump of Iron. Some of the most we have ever had! This will be worked with a forge and anvil at Light up the Hill on November 18th or the Bluebell Festival next May.

Half Term Smelting in Woolley Woods

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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 pdf

Half term Iron Smelting details word document

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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