​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 a prize worth £1000 to a primary school in York and its environs to explore 2000 years of York’s history through the lens of archaeology. This package of learning activities will encourage leathers to think about multiple periods of local history, changes over time and the impact of settlers using YAT excavations/collections as case studies.

 Activities could include:

  • The use of a loan box packed with replica artefacts and resources
  • A visit to your classroom by our educational team who will provide a day of interactive outreach sessions
  • A field trip to a museum or an archaeological site to learn more about archaeologists and how finds are used to learn more about life in the past.

To be in with a chance of winning, tell us what top three things you and your class would like to learn about York’s history from the Roman, Viking, Medieval and Victorian periods.

You can do this with letters, drawings, or even a video: you class might enjoy role-playing some aspects of life from different periods of history! The class with the most creative and persuasive approach will be the winner.

The deadline for submissions is 31st December 2019.


  • 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 2019. 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 fbennett@yorkat.co.uk.

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.