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INSIGHTS into archaeology are being given to a group of adults with learning difficulties by a Sheffield project run by the Workers’ Educational Association.

The initiative gives the learners chance to rub shoulders with professional archaeologists and get involved in field visits and practical projects.

The work is being backed by a £200,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund – and a launch event is to be held at the Burton Street Foundation in Hillsborough today.

WEA tutor and archaeologist Sally Rodgers is in charge. She said the group was developing an understanding of the past through a variety of practical activities, from drawing and photography to making pots and weaving.

“It is very exciting to be working with this extraordinary group of people,” she said.

“We have already been looking at evidence of how the neighbourhood has changed over time and are looking forward to more activities more widely across the area.”

In all 300 learners will take part in the programme over three years, including others from communities in other parts of South Yorkshire.