Meetings Cancelled
Owing to the current Covid-19 epidemic, we have taken the decision to postpone our AGM on 17 March 2020, and cancel the last two talks of the programme on 17 March and 7 April.  Apologies for any inconvenience.  We hope to rearrange these next year.  We may not be able to have any visits or excursions this summer - we will keep this under review.

Volume 29 of the Transactions

posted 3 Sept 2020, 15:04 by Joseph Hunter   [ updated 25 Sept 2020, 14:52 ]

Volume 29 of the Society's Transactions is now available - this is for 2017 as we catch up on a backlog of issues.  You should have received your copy if you were a member back then.  It features papers on multi-period finds at Whirlow Hall Farm, the use of LIDAR at Edlington Wood, a cup-marked stone in the Ewden valley, a Rmano-British settlement at Dennis Knoll near Hathersage and Kelham Rolling Mills.

Site Monitoring Form

posted 11 Aug 2019, 09:55 by Joseph Hunter   [ updated 24 Oct 2019, 09:14 ]

The Society undertakes site monitoring - checking the condition of scheduled archaeological sites, monuments and parks - in collaboration with South Yorkshire Archaeology Service, on behalf of Historic England.  Each year we visit sites in the Sheffield area and in north-east Derbyshire, and are just starting to visit sites around Rotherham.  The details that are returned enable Historic England to be reassured about the condition of sites, and take action on any concerns.  
Any members can get involved in this - the forms and supporting information are circulated at Society meetings, and can be completed manually, but if you would like an electronic version, you can find here a form for a single site and a form for a location which has multiple sites.

Joseph Hunter's grave cleaned

posted 10 Nov 2017, 09:37 by Joseph Hunter   [ updated 11 Aug 2019, 09:49 ]

In June 2019 a working party spent a morning tidying up the grave of Joseph Hunter, which lies in the back corner of St Mary's churchyard in Ecclesfield.  Overhung by trees, it was covered with debris.  The bronze medallion showing Hunter's crest (made by Theophilus Smith) is horizontal and collects water and leaves - this cleaned up well, but our biggest surprise was when we washed the dirt off the gravestone, we found it is made of a fine white speckled granite.  There is more work to do and we plan to plant some bulbs around the area.

New Hunter President 2017

posted 3 Jul 2017, 07:18 by Joseph Hunter   [ updated 10 Nov 2017, 09:23 ]

Phil Sidebottom, who was elected our President in 2013, agreed to stay on a further year, and we are very appreciative of all he has done for the Society over his four years in office.  At the AGM in March 2017, we elected Colin Merrony as our new President.  Colin is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Archaeology at Sheffield University and Programme Leader of the MA in Landscape Archaeology. He has a wide range of experience in commercial and community archaeological practice and field research, and the Hunter Archaeological Society has had a long association with him through our regular visits to his excavations at Brodsworth, Castleton and elsewhere, and talks he has given us about these sites. 

Freeman College students create a new Badge of Office

posted 30 Dec 2013, 06:39 by Joseph Hunter   [ updated 3 Jul 2017, 05:20 ]

On December 11 2013, the Hunter president and several society members were formally presented with a new Badge of Office created for the Centenary by the students of Freeman College. The College, which occupies the historic Sterling Works on Arundel Street in Sheffield, is run by Ruskin Mill Trust and provides innovative and experiential education and training for young people marginalized by disadvantage, exclusion or special learning needs.   Its ethos and heritage aspects fit well with Hunter's remit to work with the community to promote archaeology.
The project had started a year or so before, with discussions about what the Society stands for and how to represent that symbolically.  After lots of ideas from the students, the final design shows a laptop computer on top of a pile of books to represent the move into the 21st century.  The Badge was cast in pewter and then silver-plated; each link of the chain was made by a different student.  It will be proudly worn by the President on all formal Society occasions and replaces the stainless steel model made in 1985.

Plaque of Joseph Hunter has been installed in Local Studies Library

posted 8 Apr 2013, 04:59 by Joseph Hunter   [ updated 12 May 2013, 15:42 ]

Some visitors to the old Local Studies Library in Sheffield may recall a bronze plaque on the wall to the right of the entrance.  This was  of Joseph Hunter, and was placed there to commemorate the centenary of his death in 1861.  In May 1961 it was unveiled by Lord Mayor Alderman H. Slack with 7 Hunter members looking on.  The plaque was designed by Hunter President and craftsman Joseph Beeston Himsworth (1874-1968) and made by his daughter Joyce (also an internationally renowned silversmith). 
Since the move of the Local Studies Library, the Society has been campaigning to have the plaque moved to a new location, and during the Centenary year 2012 it was moved into the new Local Studies Library, just to the right of the doors, with an interpretation panel to explain its significance.


Hunter wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

posted 16 Jan 2012, 07:52 by Bill Bevan   [ updated 30 Dec 2015, 14:40 by Joseph Hunter ]

16th January 2012
The Hunter Archaeological Society received £36,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire: Lives in the past, discoverers for the future. Led by volunteers from the local community, the project celebrated 100 years of community involvement in historic and archaeological research and conservation.


The project inspired and trained a new generation of ‘heritage explorers’ to continue this long tradition of amateur involvement in archaeology. The project formed part of the centenary celebrations of the Hunter Archaeological Society, a charitable society set up in 1912 to study and report on the archaeology, history and architecture of South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire. The Society is named after Joseph Hunter, one of the first people to research and record the region’s history. Joseph was born to a cutler in Sheffield in 1783.


The Society organised a series of events during the centenary year with the assistance of the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Local Studies Library and Museums Sheffield. These included a Centenary Weekend, 11th - 13th May, with a conference on community archaeology, a reception at Sheffield Town Hall and dinner at the Cutlers’ Hall. The weekend launched a series of guided walks and excursions throughout the summer -these are available  as self-guided trails, and there will be a special edition of the Society’s Transactions.


Weston Park Museum hosted an exhibition on the work of the Society from February. Members are researching the life stories of past members and these featured in an exhibition in Sheffield University Library in the autumn of 2012 and a specially produced booklet History Makers.


Primary schools in Barnsley, Sheffield and Dronfield took part in a project which includes digging test pits to get hands-on experience of archaeology.

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