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.

FOSC at the Sheffield Heritage Fair 2017

Saturday 16 September 2017 at the Millennium Gallery

The Fair is a celebration of Sheffield’s rich history, showcasing the work of key heritage groups from around the city in a weekend-long fair at the Millennium Gallery. FOSC had a stall and met with many interested people.

More local press

There has been lots of publicity regarding the announcement of the Castlegate funding


John Moreland did an interview with Radio Sheffield yesterday evening. You can hear it here for the next month or so. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p057wrmr – the item is about 1.10.00 in – use the transport bar.

Funding secured for Castle Excavations!!

march2016 (1)Dear Friends

You may well have seen in the local media today that funding has now been secured by the Council to start work on excavations of the Castle site. This is fantastic news and whilst a relatively modest amount, it does give the opportunity to undertake several archaeological trenches/excavations on the site.  The Council has secured this funding as part of a wider scheme of works in Castlegate, also including much needed repairs to the Old Town Hall.

The Friends will be working closely with the archaeologists and Council on access to the site whilst the work is being undertaken, and as Members, our aim is to give you first chance to view what remains are found alongside access to the existing known remains, which we haven’t had access too for some time.

We will have a newsletter out very soon but will keep you updated regularly now as things progress.

If you’ve not renewed your membership recently, please do so to be part of what will be a fascinating and exciting journey!

Discoveries at Whirlow Hall Farm

The Time Travellers Archaeology Group will be offering an opportunity to find out about recent ‘Discoveries at Whirlow Hall Farm’ as part of this year’s UK-wide Festival of Archaeology.

The event will offer two introductory sessions on the recent Roman and prehistory discoveries at Whirlow Hall Farm Trust. Each will include an introductory talk, display of finds, guided walk and a visit to the excavation site.

Following the initial discovery of the Roman site during 2011, The Time Travellers group gained a £60.000 HLF grant to return to the site, to further excavate its Roman and Iron Age remains. Field walking and geophysical surveys expanded knowledge of the areas prehistory and discovered the site of a Roman signal station on what was until recently a forgotten Roman frontier.whirlow

This event is free to attend and will be run twice on Sunday 30th July at 10:00 and 13:30. Numbers are limited so please book by email at: md2.coggins@talktalk.net

The Festival runs between 15 and 30 July and promises something for everyone on the theme of archaeology. To find out about other local events, go to: https://www.festivalofarchaeology.org/

John Baker
Membership Secretary