The South Yorkshire Historic Environment Characterisation Project took place between August 2004 and September 2008.

Project Officers:

Andy Lines (2004-2006); Dan Ratcliffe (2004-2008) and Jennifer Marchant (2007-2008)

Project Manager:

Dinah Saich, SYAS 

English Heritage Steering and Monitoring Group:

Graham Fairclough, Head of Characterisation; Roger M Thomas, Head of Urban Archaeology; Keith Miller, Inspector of Scheduled Monuments, Yorkshire and Humber Region. 

Website Consultants:

Jonathan Porter and Mike Shaw (Countryscape); Chris Thomas (ROAM / Rotherham RBT)


Many individuals working on similar projects in other counties have influenced the development and progress of this project. Particular mention should go to our colleagues in other county and city archaeological services including Sarah Jane Farr (Merseyside); Debbie Langley, Mike Shaw and Paul Quigley (Black Country); Steve Toase (North Yorkshire County Council); David Walsh (Lincoln City Council); Duncan Coe (West Berkshire County Council); Leslie Mitchell and Karl Lunn (Greater Manchester).

Steve Dobson (University of Sheffield) and Elli Winterburn (Newcastle University) both provided useful feedback as part of their post-graduate studies into Characterisation.

Data and advice has also been provided by Pete Herring, John Schofield and Roger JC Thomas (English Heritage); Barnsley Archives; Barnsley MBC Renaissance–Design-Conservation; Camlin Lonsdale Landscape Architects; CPRE Peak District and South Yorkshire; Doncaster Archives; Doncaster MBC Conservation; Doncaster MBC Environmental Planning; Friends of the Porter Valley; Rotherham Archives and Local Studies; Rotherham MBC Conservation; Sheffield Archives & Local Studies Library; SCC Urban Design & Conservation; SCC DEL Information Unit; SCC Environmental Planning; SCC GIS team; SCC Parks and Countryside; and SCC DEL Scanning Team.

Individuals who have freely given their time to advise us and discuss their own research or provided otherwise unpublished material include S. Adams, Christine Ball, Derek Bayliss, Bill Bevan, David Crossley, Barbara English, Neville Flavell, Graham Hague, Ken Hawley, Colin Merrony, Jim Rylatt, Archie Sinclair and Joan Unwin.

We would also like to acknowledge the generosity and skills of the contributors to the wonderful ‘Geograph British Isles’ website, which was the source of many of the photographs used in this site - licensed by creative commons licences - These photos remain the copyright of the original contributors and if reused must carry the present attribution and licence terms. Without these images we would have used much more fuel and may never have finished this project!

All other project images are © All Rights Reserved. Please contact the original copyright holders indicated if you would like to reproduce any images not expressly licensed for reuse.

The project officers would especially like to thank the permanent members of the SYAS team during the life of the project: Andy Lines (after 2006), Louisa Matthews, Jim McNeil, Dinah Saich and Roy Sykes for being an almost endless source of information, inspiration, ideas, good humour and cups of tea over the life of the project.