Heeley City Farm and Sheffield University are inviting families to take part in an archaeological project to uncover Heeley’s past.
The project, which is part of the Council for British Archaeology’s National Festival of British Archaeology, aims to learn more about the Victorian houses that were on Heeley City Farm’s site until the 1970s.
Organisers also hope to discover more about what life was like in the neighbourhood 100 years ago.
The community archaeology project is in its third year and will be overseen by archaeologists from the university working alongside members of the community.
Dr Roger Doonan, of the university’s archaeology department, said: “You might think there is not much to discover in Heeley but I can promise we are in for an exciting time. This year we are going to ask a simple question, ‘What did people get up to 100 years ago in their back yards?’.
“We’re expecting all sorts of answers from private moments at the bottom of the yard to evidence of hobbies and cottage industries.
“It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I’d encourage everyone to come down and join in – no experience necessary.”
An important part of this year’s project is the creation of a community archive which will include people’s memories of Heeley City Farm and the houses on Alexandra Road, Richards Road, Myrtle Road and Ann’s Road.
The dig will take place every day until this Sunday, July 31, from 10am until 4pm.
It is free to join in and volunteers can either turn up or book a place by emailing email@example.com or calling Sally Rodgers on 0114 303 9981 ext 4.