Community Heritage at Heeley City Farm

Posted on October 4, 2011 by


This year’s community excavation ‘Life at No.57: The Sheffield terraced Street Project’ discovered some interesting things about life in Heeley 100 years ago.  Heeley City Farm and The Department of Archaeology at Sheffield University teamed up for 2 weeks (July 16th to Aug 31st) during The National Festival of British Archaeology to give people the opportunity to take part in an archaeological excavation. Over 500 people took part and excavated parts of No’s 50 to 54 Richards Road. We discovered who lived where, what their jobs where and what life was like in Heeley when these houses were first built in the late 1800’s

Amongst our finds were a policeman’s button from No.52, research found that a Policeman (Mr Albert W Jackson WAS living here in 1901. We also found a sprung knife and a razor from No. 54 and the research showed a Spring Knife Cutler (Mr William Revell) living there in 1881 and a Razor Hafter Cutler (Mr Henry Fisher) living there in 1891.

Young archaeologists being interviewed for radio

Young archaeologists being interviewed for radio

If you would like to see these finds and find out more about the Dig and about Life in Heeley do visit the Hawley Collection at Kelham Island Museum an exhibition is currently on called ‘What Great Grandfather Did’. The Exhibition has been put together in partnership with the Heeley History Workshop and Heritage Volunteers from Heeley City Farm, both groups have been working hard since the spring to find more about what trades people were working in in Heeley over 100 years ago!

The exhibition will be on until November and don’t miss the special Family History Day on Sunday the 9th of October,

Do you live in Heeley? Would you like to find out who lived in your house? Did your family live in Heeley?

For more information about Community Heritage in Heeley please contact Sally Rodgers: Community Heritage Officer

And for more information about ‘What Great Grandfather Did’ please contact The Hawley Collection Events and Exhibits line: 01142762602 or 01142010769