17 July 2020

The Woodland Heritage Festival 2020 goes digital

Our student-led outreach project, Archaeology in the City, are adapting and innovating in difficult times by bringing a day of digital archaeology to the comfort of your home on Saturday 18th July

Group of students who ran the Woodland Heritage Fest 2019
The 2019 Woodland Heritage Festival team (photo by Katie Libby)

Back in March, Archaeology in the City, our student-led outreach group, took the decision to cancel their annual Woodland Heritage Festival in its physical form. However they wouldn't let lockdown stop them from delivering history, heritage, and archaeology to the wider community. Instead, the group have taken the festival online created a series of videos, podcasts, and activity sheets that will be shared online as part of a digital festival on Saturday 18th July.

All of these resources have been produced by students and staff in the department. Highlights include a real excavation in a Sheffield back garden, an insight into medieval copperworking with a professional coppersmith, and interviews with staff about local archaeological projects. These fun and informal activities aim to bring some of the cutting-edge research carried out by our community into the comfort of your own home.

The festival webpage will be live on Saturday 18th July or you can follow along on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #shefwhf20

A PhD student talks about bones to a member of the public

Find out more about the team below-

Woodland Heritage Festival 2020 Team