Health and hygiene

Health and Hygiene

Why were people in medieval times so preoccupied with death? Why did medieval monks live so long? What did they eat? How often did they wash? What happened when they were ill? Did they actually know what they were doing? Explore these questions and more using the abbey’s buildings, artefacts, herbs and documentary evidence. We will look at death, disease, cures, hygiene and diet and compare the monks with ordinary medieval people.