Archaeologists from the University of Sheffield have been working on a major project to recover and promote Sheffield Castle, a key element of the city’s forgotten medieval heritage, and investigating how we can use archaeology to help regenerate the city of Sheffield.
Our archaeologists have been at the heart of a major project to highlight the significance of Sheffield Castle - both in the past and in the present. They have reconstructed the story of its origins and development, and have demonstrated the impact of its ‘afterlife’ on the urban fabric of Sheffield. They have given Sheffield a deep history. But that is only the beginning! Our understanding of the archaeology of the castle site is central to efforts to regenerate Castlegate - once the heart of the city.
Watch: Sheffield Castle: Excavating the Past; Building the Future
A brand new film exploring the Castlegate project, what it means for our conception of Sheffield's heritage, and how the project is using archaeology to regenerate the Castlegate area of the city
Featuring a panel discussion about the project from Festival of the Mind 2020
Sheffield Castle: Excavating the Past; Building the Future
Now Available: Sheffield Castle: Archaeology, Archives, Regeneration, 1927-2018
In Sheffield Castle: Archaeology, Archives, Regeneration, 1927-2018, written by Professor John Moreland, Professor Dawn Hadley from the University of York, and Ashley Tuck and Mili Rajic from Wessex Archaeology, the castle’s impressive history is brought to light for the first time and is placed alongside some of Britain’s greatest castles.
Sheffield Castle: Archaeology, Archives, Regeneration, 1927-2018
Uncovering Sheffield's castle
Watch: A groundbreaking moment
Professor John Moreland from The University of Sheffield introduces Wessex Archaeology’s new excavations on the site of Sheffield Castle, along with the Sheffield archaeology students digging there.
Video: Sheffield Castle dig
Watch: Archaeology and augmented reality
Working from previously unexplored archives and making use of exciting new technologies, our Department of Archaeology and our School of Architecture are digging into Sheffield’s hidden history to bring this incredible hidden fortress back to life.
Video: Rebuilding Sheffield Castle
The story so far
The Department of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield is working on a major project to recover and promote Sheffield Castle: a key element of the city’s forgotten medieval heritage.
The history of Sheffield Castle
Bringing the castle to life
In another facet of this interdisciplinary project, the castle has been brought to life in a unique augmented reality experience, believed to be the most accurate visual impression of the castle ever produced.
Our work with the National Videogame Museum