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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Transported back in time down at the Sheffield farm


YOUNGSTERS dug out their wellies and got messy as they were taken back to the Iron Age at a Sheffield farm.
Children and volunteers have been helping out with Heeley City Farm’s long-running roundhouse reconstruction project at a special open day.
Sally Rodgers, farm community heritage officer, said: “We have been making and daubing the walls – everyone enjoyed themselves and most importantly we all got very muddy.”
“The children have been using ancient techniques to create Sheffield’s first roundhouse since the Iron Age.”
Work on the world’s first multi-purpose roundhouse, which has hosted both an Easter egg hunt and Santa Claus, begain in August 2008. It has no set completion date.
Sally said: “Our aim is to get as many people as possible involved in some hands-on heritage.
“These open days are open to everyone – families, volunteers and the general public.”
It is part of a Lottery-funded scheme, Digging Our Roots, which is designed to encourage young people to explore Sheffield’s farming history.
The eco-friendly farm will be hosting another roundhouse event in June when the inside of the building will be painted and decorated.
The site will then be used as an outdoor classroom and experimental archaeology centre for university students when it is eventually completed.

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