Wessex Archaeology is delighted to have won the archaeological works at Sheffield Castle. The work has been commissioned by Sheffield City Council in order to determine the level of preservation of the remains of Sheffield’s 13th-century castle and later industrial development. The castle was demolished in the 17th and 18th centuries, and a 19th-century steelworks and the 20th-century Castle Market were constructed in its place.

The work will provide the first opportunity to understand the archaeology of the whole site. The trenches will reveal more of Sheffield’s rich steel-making past and provide the chance to excavate a section across the full width of the medieval castle moat. The project is a fantastic opportunity to understand more about Sheffield’s medieval past, much of which was lost during the 19th-century development of the city.

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From mid-August a team from Wessex Archaeology’s Sheffield office will excavate 11 trenches on the site over nine weeks, and will work in tandem with the Friends of Sheffield Castle and the University of Sheffield to provide opportunities for students and volunteers to assist in the work.

Wessex Archaeology will provide regular updates of the works in progress, hold open days and site tours for members of the public, local groups and schools, and give a series of talks on the results of the work.

From Monday August 20th to Friday October 5th, we are providing an opportunity for you to take part in a professionally led archaeological dig, and post excavation investigation at Castlegate, Sheffield. Places are limited to 5 per day, so please book your place via our eventbrite page here.

Further events for this project will be advertised through our social media and on our events page here.


Three images (below) kindly provided by Paul Rowland

Sheffield Castle volunteers excavating onsite Sheffield Castle volunteers excavating onsite Sheffield Castle excavations
Work now underway digging Sheffield Castle Work underway digging Sheffield Castle