Prehistory and Archaeology Class of 1981 Reunion
To archaeologists used to studying life thousands of years ago, thirty years is but the blinking of an eye, and so it seemed when a group of seventeen Sheffield graduates, mainly from the Prehistory and Archaeology Department but also including a few Ancient Historians, met up recently for the first time since their graduation in 1981.
The group gathered at the Red Deer pub on Saturday 24 September for an afternoon of old photographs, reminiscences and catching-up. Professor Keith Branigan, who was head of Prehistory and Archaeology in 1981, joined them for part of the afternoon, including a tour by Dr. Caroline Jackson of the new Archaeology Department in West Street - an altogether much larger and more impressive building than the former Department offices in Clarkehouse Road, where the archaeologists originally studied. In the evening, the group dined at BB's Italian Restaurant, on Devonshire Street.
Those who stayed overnight in Sheffield were able to visit some favourite old haunts, including the University campus, the sites of the former Sorby, Halifax and Earnshaw Halls of Residence, the Botanical Gardens, and various old flats, digs and pubs.
All agreed that the event went well and left Sheffield promising to keep in touch and meet up again in a few years time - and certainly before another thirty years has passed!
Any Prehistory and Archaeology, and Ancient History graduates who were unable to attend the reunion but who would be interested in a future Sheffield reunion are invited to get in touch with the group. Please send contact details to Paul Nicholson.
Thank you to Paul Nicholson for this article and to Rod Hough for the group photograph.