It’s quills and thrills for kids

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Budding archaeologists from Sheffield joined 200 young people from archaeology clubs across the region to celebrate South Yorkshire Archaeology Day.

Pupils from Tinsley Meadow Primary School have been working alongside Wessex Archaeology for two years on a project to unearth the historic foundations of the medieval Manor Lodge, that once stood on the site of their school playing fields.

And now the schoolchildren have gone one step further into their local history, learning how to create the archives of the time.

As part of the Archaeology Day celebrations, the school’s Time Team club recreated medieval court rolls – from Sheffield Archives Court Rolls of Tinsley – just like the Lords of Tinsley had done hundreds of years before, writing with old-style quill pens and sealing the documents with wax.

The Heritage Lottery-funded project, Exploring Tinsley Manor, was one of the highlights of this year’s Archaeology Day, which celebrates the latest projects and discoveries in the region.

The Tinsley project was born after a teacher at Tinsley Meadow Primary realised that it was built on the site of the Old Manor House.

Coun Talib Hussain, Lord Mayor of Sheffield said: “We’re really proud of our local heritage and this event was a fantastic way to showcase our recent discoveries and inspire future generations to explore our rich history for years to come.”

Tinsley Primary’s assistant head, Laura Chambers, said: “Being an archaeologist for the day has inspired them to learn about our important local heritage and is something the children will always remember.”