Friday 1st November marks an important day in Wessex Archaeology’s history. Ten years ago, at the start of the recession, Wessex Archaeology opened up a new regional office in Sheffield.

The Sheffield operation was founded on a now long-standing partnership with the University of Sheffield, and in 2009 comprised a team of 15, largely recruited from the recently closed University’s commercial unit (ARCUS).  Happily, many of that core team are still working with Wessex Archaeology, and are now joined by many new colleagues who form the 85-strong office and field team.

Members of the Sheffield team on site Members of the Sheffield team on site

There have been a lot of changes in those ten years. From a small core with a strong background in industrial archaeology, we now have a thriving geoservices department, heritage team, research department and over 45 staff working on Britain’s largest infrastructure project, HS2.

Things do not stand still for long in Sheffield, and later this month we will welcome a full-time community engagement assistant to our team and continue our expansion across three floors of our Sheaf Bank Business Park offices.

Members of the Wessex Archaeology Sheffield office team

In our ten years, more than 230 people have worked from the Sheffield office on over 1300 projects. From humble beginnings to a reputation for delivering large-scale infrastructure projects and a turnover of £5.5 million, our success wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of every past and current member of the team, and for that we express our sincere thanks.

Culinary celebrations of the 10th anniversary of Wessex Archaeology's Sheffield office

There have been highs and lows, challenges and triumphs, and a lot of cake. It is clear that a sweet tooth is key in successfully delivering heritage projects in the north, and we look forward to seeing what culinary and archaeological delights the next ten years will bring.

Andrew Norton, Regional Director (North)