A very excited and enthusiastic group of Year 7 girls, plus six teachers, visited the historic city of York on Thursday to enrich their studies in History.
With a very busy day planned, we arrived at York Minister on time to immerse ourselves in the life of Medieval Britain.
Time flew past as we explored York Minster, studying stained glass windows, admiring beautiful statues and listening to some of the stories and myths that are connected to the Cathedral – including why it is known as York Minster and not its full title of the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York; the story of St George and the Dragon and its links with York Minster and decoding some of the symbolism of this most famous building.
A brief exploration of the quaint shops, cafes and ice-cream parlours was followed by group visits to various sites around York, organised by Yorvik Dig. These included a visit to Barley Hall, York’s ‘hidden’ medieval townhouse dating back to 1360 to find out more about medieval life.
Another group explored the ‘Richard III’ exhibition, investigating ways to defend and attack the city, as well as viewing the portcullis/gate to York where prisoners were imprisoned in cells too small to stand or lie down.
Enacting the Battle of Bosworth and the death of Richard III was the ‘icing on the cake’ for this group.
A third group experienced a hands-on opportunity as an archaeologist investigating artefacts from over 2000 years of the city’s history at Dig!
Truly, a day to remember and one we hope to repeat next year.