Workshops

Health and hygiene

Health and Hygiene

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Why were people in medieval times so preoccupied with death? Why did medieval monks live so long? What did they eat?
Hideous history monks and tudors

Hideous History – Monks and Tudors

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Why did Tudor doctors shave chickens’ bottoms? What did monks do with wee? Why were beetles so important in making books?
Power and politics

Power and politics

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Develop pupil’s interpretation and enquiry skills by exploring medieval life in the abbey, change over time and the power of the Church.
What was it like to be a monk

What was it like to be a Monk at Kirkstall Abbey?

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We will start with a talking timeline covering 850 years with pupils taking on the roles of important people in Kirkstall’s history.
Temple Newsam Workshop - A House Fit for a King

A house fit for a King

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Find out how life has changed over time for the residents of Temple Newsam House and discover how the wealthy and the servants lived in this lively interactive workshop.
School children are dressed in period costumes.

Dress to impress

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This fun interactive session provides a unique opportunity for all to try on replica costume and discover the hidden messages in the material about status, wealth and life in Tudor England.