Discovering our lost Iron Age and Roman heritage at Whirlow Hall Farm Sheffield
The project is organised by The Time Travellers and is funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund Our professional partner is ARS Ltd, who also worked on the 2011 project at Whirlow. Find out about ARS and the previous project by visiting their website .
Project Aims The project is focused on a rare and unexpected Iron Age and Roman site that was discovered on farmland at Whirlow Hall farm as part of a previous community based heritage project in 2011. This site provides the first opportunity to investigate an Iron Age – Roman transitional settlement within Sheffield and to investigate the story of the Roman frontier in Britain prior to the movement north to Hadrian’s Wall. The full extent of the site is still to be established and the 2016 dig in June and July should provide new evidence and understanding of the Iron Age and Roman periods in Sheffield. The Heritage Lottery Fund grant will enable volunteers from The Time Travellers archaeological group, the local community and schools to learn about Sheffield’s Iron Age and Roman heritage. The project will add to knowledge of the extent of the site, its condition and how to best protect and manage it for future generations. There will be opportunities for a wide range of people of all ages to engage with heritage through participation, skills development, talks, walks and creative activities.
2016 Project Outcomes A full report will be produced and published by a professional archaeological firm and made available to the public on both the professional archaeologists and The Time Travellers web sites. The skills of The Time Travellers members will be developed together with those of other volunteers and this will cement the sustainability of the group and enable it to carry out further projects in the future. School children will be involved in the fieldwork as part of their key Stage 2 Curriculum and this will enthuse future generations of budding archaeologists. The information about the extent of the site and its condition of preservation will inform Whirlow Hall Farm Trust about how to best protect and manage the site for future generations. The heritage and story uncovered will be passed on to the wider community through a variety of media (on site information boards, pamphlets, local press, presentations, web sites). Finds will be archived at Sheffield Museum. Whirlow Hall farm staff will understand more of the heritage of the farm for their tours and talks to school children and adult visitors.