The Sheldon Memorial Trust is offering a prize worth £1000 to a primary school in York and its environs to explore our prehistoric past.

Supporting the delivery of the ‘Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age’ component of Key Stage 2 History, this package of learning activities will encourage learners to think about the very beginnings of habitation and settlement in Yorkshire, and could include:

  • The use of a prehistory loan box packed with replica artefacts and classroom resources
  • A visit to your classroom by our education team who will provide a day of outreach activities
  • A field trip to a museum or archaeological site to learn more about prehistory

To be in with a chance of winning, tell us what top 3 things you and your class would like to learn about life in the prehistoric past. You can do this with letters, drawings or even a video: your class might enjoy role-playing some aspects of prehistoric life! The class with the most creative and persuasive approach will be the winner.

The deadline for submissions is 31st December 2018.


  • Selection of the winning submission will be made by a representative of the Sheldon Memorial Trust and the staff of the Interpretation and Engagement department of The JORVIK Group. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • The Sheldon Memorial Trust Schools Competition is open to schools inside the City of York and schools within a 20-mile radius of the city centre.
  • The prize awarded is non-transferable, and exact content, timings, date and method of delivery will be determined by the Interpretation and Engagement department of the JORVIK Group.
  • The closing date for the receipt of submissions is 31st December 2018. This may be altered at the discretion of the JORVIK Group Interpretation and Engagement department.
  • We cannot guarantee the return of submissions.

If you have any questions about how to take part, please contact Frances Bennett, Interpretation and Engagement Manager, via

We advise that AV submissions do not run to more than 5 minutes and that written submissions are no more than 1000 words in total. This may mean that a collaborative piece (e.g. a single letter or poster created by a whole class) might be more suitable for your class.

​Sheldon Memorial Trust Schools Competition

The Sheldon Memorial Trust has teamed up with York Archaeological Trust to present a unique opportunity for schools in York.