Festival of the Mind events

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1. Experience Castlegate – interactive exhibition
What if you could see the past, present and future of our city all at the same time? Experience Sheffield Castle through an augmented reality model, learn about recent archaeological research and see visions of the future from University of Sheffield students.

Location – Millennium Gallery
Dates – Thursday 20 – Thursday 27 September
Times – Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Wednesday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 11am – 4pm

2. Experience Castlegate – talk

Experience Castlegate brings together academics from Archaeology, Architecture and Computer Science, with city partners Human Studio, to develop the first full 3D digital model of Sheffield Castle. This talk showcases the digital model and describes how augmented reality is bringing the Castle to life in its modern context, both in the Futurecade at the Millennium Galleries and down on site in Castlegate. John Moreland is Professor of Medieval Archaeology at the University of Sheffield. Carolyn Butterworth is an architect and Senior University Teacher at the University of Sheffield’s School of Architecture (SSoA). HumanVR create digital experiences that explore new paths of communication and creative expression.

Location – The Spiegeltent, Barker’s Pool
Date – Saturday 22 September
Time – 3.30pm – 4.30pm

3. Finding the Lost Castle – Sheffield Castle, What’s the Story? – talk

Mili Rajic, Wessex Archaeology’s project manager, gives a talk focusing on recent results of the archaeological excavation of the site of Sheffield Castle. Alongside the archaeological results, Mili will talk about drones, cameras, media and community engagement.

Location – The Spiegeltent, Barker’s Pool
Date – Saturday 22 September
Time – 2pm – 3pm

More details here


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Archaeological Investigations

Here is some information about previous excavations. You can also download pdf documents produced by ARCUS on two pieces of fieldwork. Trial trenching of Sheffield

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