Redmires Fieldwork Opportunity!

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.

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

Our 'Training Trenches at Redmires' report can be dowloaded above (top right).

More information on the Heritage Gateway

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