Im Sally, the Community Heritage Officer at Heeley City Farm in Sheffield. I have been in post for almost 5 years.
We started a brand new HLF project in February, its called ‘Exploring Tinsley Manor’. We are working with Wessex Archaeology and Tinsley Junior School to find out about the lost medieval Tinsley Manor House which is buried underneath the school field. We have been working with Year 5 children weekley looking at all aspects of local history (including dressing up, looking at objects writing poems, going for walks, growing crop marks, making maps….you get the idea)
Its a really interesting school in an interesting and very historic part of Sheffield which is now a bit squashed between Meadowhall shopping centre and the M1. The majority of the children speak English as a second language, its a really loveley positive environement to work in. Even though we are mostly working with Y5 the whole school have been involved. In May all the children helped to do a resistivity survey of the field.
Then for 2 weeks at the end of June we excavated, we had 4 small trenches lots of amazing volunteers and 15 different children every half an hour for 2 weeks. It was wonderful! I think i might have enjoyed it more than the children. We found lots of things (including a very small flint and some medieval pottery) We had visitors from the local heritage group, the local MP, a lovely local press artical. All good stuff.
This week i have been recoverning, tidying up and trying very hard to catch up with everything i have been neglecting in favor of Tinsley. Except for Tuesday when i went to Stavely Hall with a group of adults who i taught last year as part of the WEA’s Digability project.
Today mostly I sat here and drank tea.
I spent quite a lot of time replying to e-mails, sorting and tidying. I also enjoyed trying to find out a bit about this mystery object.
A lovely chap brought it in on monday hoping i would be able to tell him more about it, we think its a cannon ball he has lots of contxtual information which is great. Its one of the nice bits of my job that people quite often bring me interesting things, if anyone has any suggestions about this one i would be glad. I know nothing about cannon balls….yet.
The rest of the day have quite a bit of chatting in it, and some breaks to do a bit of office decorating and unscruffing. And then I sorted out part of what we are going to be doing for this years Heritage Open Days in September.
Looking forward to the weekend.