Sheffield Castle generates unprecedented interest

The Castlegate site has welcomed 175 volunteers who excavated the site with professional archaeologists from Wessex Archaeology and students from The University of Sheffield. An additional 175 volunteers have helped to process the finds off site over the course of the project.

More than 480 visitors have taken part in on-site tours during four open days, with more to follow this weekend and the site has also been visited by more than 200 members of local societies and school groups.

In total, over 17,000 people have been in touch with the archaeological team over the course of the dig.  Meanwhile an exciting new virtual model of the castle has been unveiled by the University of Sheffield at the Millennium Galleries as part of the Futurecade Exhibition, pointing to new ways of communicating heritage to a wider audience.

The on-site archaeological dig element of the project is now reaching an end with The Big Draw event on Saturday 6 October.  This event will see children and Hallam University students working with the Wessex Archaeology team to decorate hoardings around the site with images relating to the castle and its history.

The project is being carried out by leading archaeological and heritage practice Wessex Archaeology, who have an office in Sheffield, and has been commissioned by Sheffield City Council as part of its Castlegate Kickstart regeneration programme to determine the level of preservation of the remains of Sheffield’s castle and later industrial development.

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