Creating jobs and studying local history

Wessex Archaeology team in the Sheffield office.
Wessex Archaeology team in the Sheffield office.
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Wessex Archaeology’s Sheffield Office is benefiting from the strong economic upturn in Yorkshire and beyond.

The firm opened an office in Heeley in November 2009, at the start of the recession, and has seen turnover triple since 2011.

The original team of 16 has developed into an office of nearly 50 staff, 14 of whom were recruited locally in the last year, and with a new fleet of five vehicles business is booming.

Andrew Norton, the Sheffield office regional manager, said: “It’s fantastic to see the end of the recession, and to be able to create jobs for local people, so that they and the public can understand more about their local history, is a real boon. We’ve also taken on three paid interns through the University of Sheffield, Santander and the city council and hope to provide more training opportunities for local people next year.

“Archaeology and heritage work are closely linked to housing and infrastructure developments, and there is good reason for optimism across Yorkshire,” he added.

Recent projects include work ahead of new roads and associated development near Rossington, mixed retail and housing developments around Sheffield and Doncaster and community projects such as that at Tinsley School carried out with Heeley City Farm and work with Elsecar Heritage Centre.

Andrew added: “The geophysics, desk-based and built heritage research, and excavation work has led to a wide range of local archaeological discoveries ranging from Iron Age and Roman farmsteads, a medieval manor and 20th century back-to-back housing.”