Joined up Heritage Sheffield – Future of University of Sheffield’s Department of Archaeology

Posted on 22/May/2021 Under Uncategorised

You may have picked up the great concern being expressed across Sheffield at the threat to the future of the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield. This is a department that flies high in national and international rankings – it is in the top 50 archaeology departments in the world. It is highly rated by its students. It contributes significantly to the life of the city of Sheffield, for example via its involvement in the recent castle site excavations and through outreach projects.

It is, or should be, unthinkable that the department disappears, in whole or in large part. Yet two of the three options for its future which will be considered by university management on 25 May – next week! – would lead to its demise. And there are questions to be asked about how university management has treated the department in recent years.

You can support the campaign to save archaeology at Sheffield by viewing the background material prepared by students, at Save Sheffield Archaeology, and by signing the petition at