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.
You can read about our past Dig It! projects below. For more information about future Dig It! activities please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Dig It! 2018||
|Dig It! 2017||
|Dig It! 2016||
The Firth Park Bandstand Archaeology Project
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.
Take a look at the Firth Park bandstand in 1911 here (PictureSheffield)
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.
Dr Katherine Fennelly, who directed the project, reports:
‘We carried out an initial geophysical survey which revealed the site in detail. Based on the results of the survey, we excavated a 2m x 7m trench, uncovering an area stretching from the interior of the bandstand, and the pathway outside. We found that the bandstand likely had an underground storage space (a common feature), which was filled with demolition debris, including iron railings from the outside of the structure and iron beams (painted green!).
‘Sheffield City Council invited us to use the pavilion for the park’s Bowling Green as a base, and we set up a tent on-site. Through the Friends of Firth Park, we invited members of the local community to observe the excavation and contribute their memories of the bandstand. Locals who visited the site throughout the week shared their memories of the structure with us, and remembered the bandstand as a focal point of social activity.’
|Dig It! 2015||
Participants ran their own small (1m2) archaeological excavation within Longley Park in north Sheffield. They were able to apply and develop a wide range of learning skills, boosting their academic confidence and giving them a taste of life and learning at university level. They made new discoveries for and about themselves, and in the process contributed to the understanding and conservation of Sheffield's green and open spaces.
|Dig It! 2014||
Dig It! participants took part in the excavation of a Bronze Age burial cairn at Shaw Cairn, near Stockport.