Archaeology in the Community

Sheffield Archaeology’s External Engagement Portal

The Department of Archaeology works closely with many communities and groups to ensure our work is relevant and meaningful. We take great pride in our varied collaborations outside academia which involve schools, colleges, community groups, companies and public organisations both in the UK and across the World. We believe that archaeology provides a unique and compelling perspective on humanity’s collective past, and holds the capacity to connect and inspire people of all ages and backgrounds in new and significant ways.

Engaged Learning

Teacher Conferences


Engaged community

Archaeology for All

Archaeology for all

Engaged research

Lectures and Events

Our staff are regular participants in local, national and international events. The Department also runs frequent seminars, talks and other events which are open to the public. If you are interested in archaeology and would like to come find out more, see our events page. If your organisation is looking for a speaker or would like to work with our historians, you can find out about our research interests on our staff pages.

Sheffield Archaeology: our community engagement

The National Civil War Centre

Hugh Willmott and Rachel Askew from the Department of Archaeology in conversation with Bryony Robins and Michael Constantine, members of staff from the National Civil War Centre, Newark, talking about their research collaboration which led to an HLF funding bid.

Read more about the project

Festival of the Arts and Humanities: Faculty Showcase

The Faculty Showcase is an annual event at which the Department invited the public to learn a little more about what we do. Events include hands-on activities for children, demonstrations of our analytical equipment and short talks about current research projects. In 2016 Lizzy Craig-Atkins spoke about the Rothwell Charnel Chapel Project and Caroline Pennock, based in the Department of History, gave an introduction to her work on the historical migration of indigenous Americans to Europe.

The Rothwell Charnel Chapel project

Migrations of Aztecs to Europe

Tales from the Ivory Tower Project

Tales from the Ivory Tower has involved the staff, researchers and students from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities in a project to create stories from our research. In collaboration with professional storyteller, Tim Ralphs, members of the Archaeology Department including Petra Verlinden and Rachel Askew have acquired the skills to communicate their research in new, exciting ways and perform to a public audience in narrative style.

Petra's story

Rachel's story

Arts Enterprise

Arts Enterprise is the banner for an exciting programme of knowledge exchange and civic engagement activities across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. It connects the power of our research and creative activities with local and regional partners, bringing benefits for staff, students and our communities.

The Image Speaks

Photographer Andy Brown has worked with groups of PhD students for the last three years to produce an exhibition of research which was displayed in the foyer of the Jessop West building at the University of Sheffield. Here, he talks to two of the students involved, Joe Saunders and Tiffany Webster, about the experience of collaboration. Students from Archaeology have been involved in all three exhibitions - more information about the 2016-17 cohort can be found here.