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.
Sheffield City Council’s is currently considering proposals to dismantle the Planning Dept’s conservation team. This move would see the two remaining Conservation Officers lose their
jobs, with consultants brought in where necessary.
Hallamshire Historic Buildings Society is concerned about this move and has started a petition against these cuts, which we fully support.
Here is an electronic copy of the Friends’ Blueprint for the site of the Castle which was launched to the media today along with a link to the article which appeared in The Star recently. We hope you enjoy reading through the document and agree with the ideas that have been put forward. We are keen to receive feedback on this so please let us know!
As mentioned previously there will be a public consultation with the Council late January so we will let you know more details on this in due course.
During the months of September and October 2018 I had the great pleasure to take part as a volunteer in the nine week Sheffield Castle archaeological excavation carried out by Wessex Archaeology North, based in Sheffield.
During my time on site as a volunteer I was allowed to take photographs of the excavation and the volunteers at work. By the end of the dig I had taken over 3,000 photographs which documents the progress of the archaeological excavation trench by trench. Within the pages of my book is a very small selection of the photos that I took.
I hope that these photographs will be a useful resource for anyone interested in Sheffield’s history and archaeology and also a visual record of the 2018 Sheffield Castle archaeological excavation.
The book is 8″ wide x 10″ high x 1.25″ thick. It contains 454 pages with over 500 colour photographs and is available as a Hardback book here and also as a Softback book here.
Monday November 11th, 7.30pm
Ashley Tuck from Wessex Archaeology will evaluate Sheffield Castle, sharing the results of the recent dig. In the wake of the demolition of Sheffield Castle, archaeologists have had the first ever chance to undertake a systematic investigation of Sheffield Castle. This talk is free, however we have limited capacity and recommend you arrive early to have the best chance of a seat.
Some information about this wonderful event here
Enjoy this from the team who ran the recent exploration! This is the first report from Wessex about the excavations last year. There are more tests and results due to come in and the final report will be out around Feb next year. Hopefully you will find this of interest, in particular the report on the findings of each trench. Have we found the first castle?!
We are delighted to announce that the only visible remains of the Castle will be able to be viewed as part of the Heritage Open Days weekends in September. These remains are contained in a secure underground room on the site and will be able to be seen for the first time for many years.
Please note that places will be limited and the only way you can book for the visits will be through an on line booking system, directly from the Heritage Open Day website.
The booking system is now live and the link to the page is here…..
We are delighted to say that Wessex Archaeology will be with us on each day and they hope to bring some of the finds from last year’s excavations.
You’ll enjoy this fascinating article by Ashley Tuck!
We received a lovely email from Cathryn Weaver from the Baker County Kids’ Book Club, Oregon USA. Her email said………
I wanted to send you a positive email about the Friends of Sheffield Castle’s webpage. I volunteer with a children’s reading group at my library and we’re currently reading a book called Castle Diary out loud together. The kids have gotten so interested in the castles, so we have been referencing your page when we need to look up some interesting facts. I wanted to say thanks for sharing from all of us!
One of the girls in the group, Ana, also found a great page about castles
Can you include this on your page? She said it was one we hadn’t found off your page so she wanted to let you know it existed. I agreed to share it with you since I figured others visiting your page would find it useful too.
Thanks for getting in touch Cathryn and well done to Ana for finding the new page on castles!!