We celebrated the centenary of the Hunter Archaeological Society in 2012. It is 100 years since a group of people in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire founded the Society to study and promote the archaeology and built heritage of the region.

We organised a wide range of events during the year,  with the aid of Heritage Lottery funding and the help of the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Archives and Local Studies Library and Museums Sheffield, to all of whom we are extremely grateful.  The events included a conference on community archaeology - 'Shared Pasts', a Reception at Sheffield Town Hall hosted by the Lord Mayor, and a Centenary Dinner at the Sheffield Cutlers’ Hall attended by the Master Cutler, at which Professor David Hey was the speaker. The weekend also launched a series of guided walks (see Heritage Trails) and excursions.   A special edition of the Society’s Transactions has been published.
We held an exhibition at Weston Park Museum about the history and work of the Society, and an exhibition in Sheffield University Library titled 'Heritage Makers', accompanied by a booklet History Makers, from September to December 2012. 

We were also able to conserve and reframe the portrait of Joseph Hunter, after whom the society is named, which was attributed to HW Pickersgill and was painted in 1852.  It hung in the Cutlers' Hall at the installation feast of his half brother Michael Hunter when he became Master Cutler. 

The project aimed to inspire and train a new generation of ‘heritage explorers’ so Primary schools in Barnsley, Rotherham, Sheffield and Dronfield took part in digging test pits to get hands-on experience of archaeology.  Each school  received class-based sessions on archaeology as historical enquiry and interpreting the results of the test pits.  Children produced ideas to include in a comic based on the test pits, which were distributed free to participating schools and through local libraries.

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