The Friends of Sheffield Castle are a voluntary group who aim to protect and promote the archaeological site of Sheffield Castle for the benefit of the people of Sheffield and surrounding areas, and for future generations.
We will acquire and disseminate information about Sheffield Castle, at both local and national levels and work with local, regional and national organisations to protect and promote the remains as a source of enjoyment, education and inspiration for All.
Excavation work has started in a bid to find out what is left of a castle where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned. A series of trial trenches will be dug in previously uninvestigated areas where Sheffield Castle once stood. More on this story
You may have heard or seen in the local media that Wessex Archaeology have been appointed by the Council to undertake the excavations of the Castle, by undertaking a number of trial trenches on the site. Wessex are a national firm but have an office and workforce based in Sheffield and have undertaken several archaeological digs locally.
The great news is that work is due to start very soon, on 13th August for a period of 9 weeks and there are significant plans to fully engage with local archaeology enthusiasts, school children and the general public. The Friends will naturally be heavily involved with these activities during the period and there will be regular updates from Wessex on what they find.
There will be opportunities to get involved with either visiting the work or indeed undertaking some archaeology although the final plans for this are yet to be agreed. If you are specifically interested in volunteering for either archaeological work or helping out with site visits/community engagement, please can you let us know by replying to this email with your details and which area of volunteering you would be interested in.
We will update you with information as soon as it becomes available.
Wednesday 19 April 2018 – 1830 hrs
at the Central United Reformed Church
OPEN MEETING and WELCOME ATTENDEES
The Chair (Martin Gorman) gave a warm welcome to all and announced the Running Order for the AGM which would be followed by a talk given by David Templeman, “The Great Sheffield Deer Park: Ye Great Parke of England”
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
The attendance including committee members, members and guests was 35. Apologies received from 3 members.
MINUTES OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) held on 26 April 2017
The Minutes were approved by a majority show of hands. There were no Matters Arising.
OFFICERS’ REPORTS Chair’s Report
• Chair reported on the progress of the Council’s ‘Great to Green 2’ project and the Castlegate Steering Group.
• Planning permission has been granted for the People’s Pier project, research on the castle archives and the virtual reality reconstruction of the castle.
• Archaeological work at the castle site is due to start this summer and an archaeological contractor to carry out the project will be appointed soon.
• There will be an event at the Old Post Office on 29 September, including talks on the archival research, Sheffield Tunnels, and the launch of the virtual reality model.
• The treasurer presented the 2017-18 accounts.
Proposer: Sarah Barber Seconder: Peter Carver
The Accounts were adopted by a majority show of hands. There were no Matters Arising.
ELECTION OF MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
All Management Committee Members retire annually. Marie Gilman has resigned from the committee due to ill health – the Chair thanked her for all her hard work and enthusiasm over the years since the FOSC was formed. All other committee members have offered themselves for re-election.
Proposer: Ann Lee Seconder: Terry Gorman
All were re-elected by a majority show of hands.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
No other business.
DATE OF NEXT AGM – Proposed Thursday 18th April 2019 at 18:30 hrs
BREAK for REFRESHMENTS
TALK by David Templeman:
“The Great Sheffield Deer Park: Ye Great Parke of England”
Meeting closed at 7pm.