​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. 





The Sheldon Memorial Trust is offering prizes worth £1000 to a primary and secondary school, each designed with the requirements of the National Curriculum for History in mind. to explore their prehistoric local landscape.


Primary History
Iron Age or Roman: which Britain was better?


Supporting the delivery of the ‘the Roman Empire and its impact  on Britain’ component of Key Stage 2 History, this package  of learning activities will encourage  learners to weigh up the pros and the cons of the Roman invasion for local Britons.

It will include:
• A field trip to an Iron Age oppidum
• A visit to your classroom by an archaeologist who will provide a day of outreach activities on the theme of Roman York
• The use of a Roman loan box, packed with replica artefacts and classroom resources


To be in with a chance  of winning, tell us what top 3 things you and your class would like to learn about life around the time of the Roman invasion of Britain. You can do this with letters, drawings or even a video: your class might enjoy role-playing some aspects of Iron Age life! The class with the most creative and persuasive approach  will be the winner. The deadline for submissions  is 25th March 2016. For more terms and conditions, see www.thejorvikgroup.com/education.


Read all about the 2014-15 winner here



Secondary History
Medieval Life in Town and Country


Conceived to support teaching of the ‘development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509’ component of Key Stage 3 History, these two full days of activities will introduce medieval life in all its colour and variety.


Day 1 begins with an illustrated talk by an expert medievalist who will put daily life, diet, belief, health, crime, disease, death and warfare under the spotlight in the splendid surroundings of a medieval guildhall. Visits to two of the JORVIK Group’s medieval attractions will follow, with lively interpretation by costumed JORVIK Group staff.


Day 2 is a field trip to the Yorkshire Wolds, to explore a country church and a deserted village site. The visit will conclude with a tour of a historic farmhouse not normally open to the public.


To enter, you and your class should prepare a list of items that you would want to take with you on a holiday to the Middle Ages, plus a ‘to do’ list of activities and sightseeing for your medieval mini-break. Submissions may be in any format (e.g. artwork, creative writing, video), and should be as imaginative and creative as possible. The deadline for submissions is 25th March 2016. For more terms and conditions, see www.thejorvikgroup.com/education