Life at No.57: The Sheffield Victorian Street Project This summer over 500 people took part in this years national Festival of British Archaeology at Heeley City Farm. This successful community archaeology project which is now in its second year, was overseen by archaeologists from the University who worked hand in hand with the farms Heritage Officer and local volunteers. This year we asked ‘what did people get up to 100yrs ago in their back yards?’ And we made lots of interesting discoveries! We found garden tools evidence for hobbies and cottage industries such as button making and knife handle finishing.
“This was a fantastic opportunity to contribute to every aspect of an archaeological dig” said Sally Rodgers Community Heritage Officer at Heeley city Farm, “we got people involved in everything from the initial survey of the whole farm site ( using geophysics and geochemistry) to excavation and finds processing”
This annual project aims to learn more about the Victorian houses that were on Heeley City Farms site until the 1970’s and more about what life was like in Heeley 100 years ago. An important part of this year’s project has been the creation of a community archive including peoples memories Heeley City Farm and the houses that were on Alexandra Rd, Richards Road, Myrtle Rd, Ann’s Rd this work will continue throughout the year.
We are now in the process of recoding everything from the excavation and writing a report which will be available through Heeley City Farm.
Please get in touch with Sally if you would like to get involved or if you would like to contribute to the community archive. Sally Rodgers, Community Heritage Officer, Heeley City Farm, Richards Road, Sheffield, S2 3DT. Tel: 0114 303 9981 ext 4.