The Sites and Monuments Record (SMR) holds information on all the known archaeological sites in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. We have a database and digital mapping that makes our information searchable by site type (e.g. hillfort), or date (e.g. medieval), or a specific location (e.g. parish), as well as by individual sites (e.g. Sheffield Castle, Doncaster Roman Fort).
Thanks to funding from English Heritage, records in the database for South Yorkshire's early prehistory are currently being updated.
Some information is still held on paper, so a visit to our search room can be very useful. For example, the SMR holds copies of reports on archaeological excavation and building recording work carried out locally since about 1990. Although spot finds are included on the SMR, the database does not contain a comprehensive list of artefacts recovered from excavations.
For further information on finds held with excavation archives please contact the South Yorkshire museums (see useful links below).
Appointments to visit the SMR are available between 10am and 4pm Monday to Thursday. There is no charge for consulting the SMR for the public, although we do charge 30 pence a sheet for photocopying. There is however a chargeable fee to commercial consultants to cover staff time.
Please note that the Archaeological Records Officer post is currently unfilled due to limited resources. As such, we request that you try the online resources before seeking an appointment. If you do need to make an appointment then please contact us.
We do not hold copies of old maps and plans. These are held by the appropriate Archive or Local Studies Library (see useful links below).
Clifton Park Museum, Rotherham
Weston Park Museum, Sheffield
We occasionally take volunteers and work placements. We have many requests each year and can only take one person at a time. We ask people to submit a covering letter and CV when they ask for work experience.
We are purely an advisory service so we don't undertake fieldwork ourselves. To volunteer for training excavations, on a dig or other fieldwork a good place to look is the Council for British Archaeology's Briefing.
If we have a job available it is listed in job vacancies. All of our jobs must be applied for by completing an application form, we cannot accept CVs and covering letters.