Join us in the field! Exciting opportunities in June 2017

Whether you are an Archaeology student looking to increase your experience in the field or a member of the public looking for a chance to find out what archaeology is all about, spending some time on one of our departmental excavations is a great opportunity. Find out below about some local opportunities in June and July!

Places may be limited and conditions vary between each project, so please contact the named contacts listed below for more information.

Surveying at Redmires


Taster sessions in archaeological landscape survey at Redmires World War I training area

19 – 23 June 2017

  • Experience first-hand archaeological fieldwork in practice
  • Learn survey techniques you can apply in your own landscape
  • Find out how history and archaeology interact
  • Be inspired to develop your interest in investigating the past
  • Meet current students and share experiences

Book your place 

Join us on our fascinating investigation at Redmires, five miles west of Sheffield city centre, where the “Pals” of the Sheffield City Battalion trained for the Somme battlefields just over 100 years ago. The beautiful moorland lies within the Peak District National Park and is protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The ground surface is littered with traces of practice trenches which are visible to the naked eye. There are also other earthworks, some of which are of uncertain date and function.

Through detailed mapping of the earthworks and geophysical surveys, we are attempting to understand how the training area developed and what life was like for the troops who trained there. Helen Ullathorne, of the Department of Lifelong Learning, will share the results of her ongoing historical research into the site and Al Oswald, formerly a Senior Investigator in English Heritage’s Research Department with lead the field survey.

Surveying at Quarry Hill


Our taster sessions are FREE and open to anyone, particularly mature learners, who are interested in studying the past. You can choose to come for a day or up to a week as an introduction to the fascinating subjects of archaeology and ancient history. During the week we’ll tell you more about how you can develop your interest further on our undergraduate and foundation, entry level programmes in archaeology and history. The week will include a tour of the Department of Archaeology, opportunities to meet and talk to current students and the chance to find out more about our internationally recognised landscape investigation and earthwork survey work.

Transport to and from Redmires from the Department of Archaeology, Northgate House, West Street, Sheffield, S1 4ET, can be provided each day, leaving at 9.30am and returning at 16.30pm.

Find out more, or register your interest by contacting Al Oswald: or telephone 07749 308952

Download our report 'Training Trenches at Redmires'

More information on the Heritage Gateway

The taster sessions are funded by the University of Sheffield’s Access Agreement and Widening Participation funds.

Dig It!

26th June - 7 July 2017

Dig It 8

Dig It 5

Dig It! is a programme that introduces school students to Archaeology by taking part in a range of practical, challenging and fun activities that they will be unlikely to experience at school. It is a great opportunity for Y10-Y13 students to be immersed in an archaeological project, meet undergraduate students and staff, and gain valuable experience that can be used in future applications for college and university courses.

It is also a key part of our programme of Widening Participation activities, which are designed to encourage students from under-represented groups within higher education to learn more about university and consider the possibility of studying for a degree in the future.

Our Dig It! projects are funded by the Office for Fair Access, and supported by the Faculty of Arts Widening Participation Office, as an initiative to encourage students to pursue archaeology and study at university level.

`Knurr' ball

The Firth Park Bandstand Archaeology Project 2016

In 2016, Excavations for the Dig It! project focused on the site of the demolished Edwardian bandstand in Firth Park, north Sheffield. Firth Park was established in 1875 by the then Prince of Wales, HRH Prince Albert Edward, later Edward VII, and his wife, Princess Alexandra. The bandstand was constructed in the 1900s, and demolished in the 1970s.

Invited students from Widening Participation schools – Firth Park Academy, Longley Park College, and Worksop College – took part in the excavation alongside undergraduate and postgraduate student volunteers from the Department of Archaeology.

Dig It! 2017

Dig It! will run from 26 June to 7 July this year, with the focus of the project once again being the Edwardian bandstand in Firth Park. 

If you are interested in participating in the project, please email Colin Merrony or or telephone 0114 2222929.