Group learning to unearth past

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Adults with learning difficulties are being given the chance to become archaeologists thanks to a Sheffield project run by the Workers’ Educational Association.

The initiative gives learners chance to rub shoulders with professionals in the field 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 the project was launched at the Burton Street Foundation, Hillsborough.

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

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