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Sheffield: Manor Lodge Project

posted 27 Feb 2011, 06:52 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 10 Mar 2013, 17:01 ]

Between 13 June and 15 July 2011 The University of Sheffield Department of Archaeology will be offering fieldwork training at the Scheduled Ancient Monument at Manor Lodge, Sheffield. The focus will be on the location of the medieval and sixteenth-century hunting lodge of Sheffield. The hunting lodge sat amidst medieval parkland, and was only subsumed within the urban sprawl from the 1930s. One of the most well-known events in the history of Sheffield Manor Lodge was the period in the late sixteenth century when Mary Queen of Scots spent part of her captivity there. She was in the custody of George Talbot, sixth Earl of Shrewsbury and his wife, known popularly as Bess of Hardwick. Our excavations seek to illuminate this period of Sheffield´s history, when the Manor Lodge was at the centre of events of national and international significance. Once the property passed into the hands of the Dukes of Norfolk the lodge fell into a ruinous state, and in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries a pottery kiln was constructed at the site, coal mining occurred and workers´ cottages were built amidst the ruins. All traces of this industrial activity were stripped away in the early twentieth century, and one of our aims is to throw light on this aspect of the site´s history.

Specialist Field Schools

As well as running excavation training, we are offering specialist field schools designed to introduce students to various aspects of post-excavation analysis;

Zooarchaeology, 20-24 June

Human Osteology, 27 June- 1 July

Archaeobotany, 4-8 July

Day Courses

If you wish to get involved but can't come for a whole week or just fancy an 'excavation taster' we will be offering a series of day courses. You can book just one, or as many as you like, and they will cost £20 per day (no transport or lunch included).


There will be plenty of accommodation options available for those wishing to participate on the project. At present it is possible to book rooms in University Accommodation although another budget option is the Russell Scott hostel. If you require more information concerning accommodation please do contact us.

University Accommodation

Russell Scott Hostel, Sheffield

Booking & Payment

If you wish to join us, please follow the instructions at


If you have any other queries about the project, please don't hesitate to contact Mrs Neya Willmott.

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