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. – 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:

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:

John Baker
Membership Secretary


Open Weekend at Sheffield Manor Lodge

Saturday 17th June, 11am-4pm

manor_lodgeWith the weather forecast looking good and the flowers at the site now approaching their best, why not pay the site a visit this weekend particularly on Sunday when the Friends sponsor the Archery Day. You can have a go on the short and long targets. Medieval Archer Pete Lawton is putting on a display. The 1940’s blitz cottages will be open as well so as it is Fathers’ Day this would make a great family day out. Hope to see you there as I will be conducting some of the guided tours.

Dig Day at the Discovery Centre and Tudor Ruins. Get up close to archaeology at Sheffield Manor Lodge with family fun activities.

  • Explore the Archaeology of Sheffield Manor Lodge
  • Hands on Past. Dig down into the Heeley City Farm Finds Handling Collection and explore their dig box.
  • Archaeology for the Senses. Archaeology is all about digging deep into the evidence to help us better understand how people live their lives, past into present. Join Stella in our Apothecary’s Garden to touch, smell and taste the stuff of archaeology. From decorating living spaces to preparing food and drink. Drop-in throughout the day.
  • The Archaeology of Animals. Helene introduces us to the field of ZooArchaeology. Meet the sheep skeleton!
  • Find out more about Archaeology in Sheffield with volunteers from Archaeology in the City
  • History Tours: 11.30, 1.00 and 2.30
  • Meet the Animals. Pet and groom the Manor Oaks Farm animals. 10:30am & 11:30am. £1 per child
  • Donkey Rides. Join us for a ride on one of our donkeys, Lilly and Rosie. 1pm—2:15pm.  £2 per child
  • Ranger Activity: Butterfly Hunt

Sunday 18th June, 11am-4pm

Archery Day at the Discovery Centre and Tudor Ruins (supported by the Friends of Sheffield Manor Lodge)

Join the Abbeydale Archers for:

  • Have-a-go archery (6 arrows for 50p)
  • Traditional longbow demonstrations
  • Show and tell with our medieval archer fresh from the battle of Agincourt. Find out about his weapons and life as an English medieval archer.
  • Face painting with Mystical Magical Events.
  • 1940s Open Day at Manor Cottages

Exploring the Archives: Sheffield Castle – the city’s lost landmark

The castle in 1060Students in the School of English at the University of Sheffield are provided with the opportunity of taking a work placement as part of their degree programme.  This year Mollie Littlewood has been working at Sheffield City Archives and Local Studies Library.  She is writing a series of blog posts highlighting the city’s fascinating archival treasures. In this article she took a walk down to Castlegate to try and better understand a document she found in the archives…

Exhibition: Sheffield Castle Through the Ages

This year, a group of second year students from the Department of Archaeology (University of Sheffield) have been tasked by the Friends of Sheffield Castle to devise an excavation strategy for the site of Sheffield Castle. If implemented, their work could throw new light on the Castle’s use and occupation from the  Anglo-Saxon period to 18th century AD. As part of their project, the students will produce an exhibition of their work, and we would like to invite you to this exhibition.

The exhibition will take place on Friday, 12th May between 10.00am-12.30pm in the Arts Tower Lecture Theatre 8. We will officially launch the exhibition at 10.15am with a series of short presentations from each student group. After the presentations, you will have the opportunity to meet the students and discuss their work.