Category Archives: Schools

COVID19

We are delighted to have welcomed back our first school visits to Murton Park. Government Covid19 regulations and guidance are being followed to make it as safe as possible for all visitors as well as our staff whilst ensuring an enjoyable and educational experience for all.

There is still availability to visit this term. If you are interested in visiting us on site or having us visit in school please fill out the booking enquiry form and we will be in touch.

Murton Park successfully reopened on 20th June to general visitors achieving the Visit England ‘We’re Good to Go’ award for the Covid19 measures in place.

Prehistoric

Our exciting new Stone Age and Bronze Age village site is now fully open, catering for groups of up to 36 children to spend a day learning about the lives of our distant ancestors in a period we can truly call the dawn of farming.

During the day the children will get involved in the making of early types of clay pottery, learn how our ancestors grew crops, ground grain to make flour and learned the essential skills of hunting. They will also have the opportunity to try their hands at prehistoric art and handle some original artefacts!

A full day on the prehistoric village costs £15 per child, please contact us for further details or to make a booking.

Click here to download a printable information sheet for our prehistory days.

Click here to download a risk assessment document for our prehistory days.

Booking Enquiries

We are currently taking bookings for up until the Autumn term 2021 . To make an enquiry, please use the School Enquiry Form below in the first instance,  or contact us by phone for further details or to discuss your requirements. We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

The following pages give specific information for each of our activity days, address most frequently asked questions and provide links to download risk assessments and information sheets in .pdf format.

To make an enquiry please fill out the form below, once we receive your request we will contact you. Should you not hear from us within the next few working days please call us on 01904 489966

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Home Front

An experience of life on the home front, led by two costumed members of the living history team. The children arrive as evacuees and are greeted by the evacuation coordinator from the local branch of the WVS. During the day the children will carry out a range of activities including baking on a ration and ‘make-do-and-mend’ tasks. They will find out how much work was involved on wash day and may help the local farmer by cleaning tack. They will also learn from the local ARP warden the do’s and don’ts of air raid precautions, gas mask drill and how to deal with a fire bomb in a range of practical activities.

Role play, craft activities and scenarios will be used to create a realistic, unforgettable experience for children.

Please note: We do not have any catering facilities, so children and adults will need to provide their own packed lunches.

In School Days

In-School Presentations

A costumed member of our living history staff can visit your school to give a half-day talk on any one of an ever-growing range of topics. These include;
Stone Age/Bronze Age – Romans – Saxons – Vikings – Medieval – Conquistador – Tudors – Spanish Armada – Gunpowder Plot – English Civil War – WWI Trenches – WWII Home front – WWII Battle of Britain
Other topics can be covered – please refer to our leaflet (which can be found below) or please feel free to contact us to discuss any specific requirements. We love a challenge!

Interpreters will give a lively and interesting talk, using many replica artefacts as prompts with question and answers throughout the session. Our aim is to communicate an understanding of what life was like for the ordinary person in particular periods of history.

Each session lasts 2 hours; prices are listed below plus 50p per mile travel expenses from York, Oldham or Leeds.

Group size up to Y6:

  • 1 class (up to 30 children) – £140
  • 2 classes (31 – 60 children) – £160
  • 3 classes (61 – 90) – £180

 

Tudor

Our Tudor Croft offers a unique setting for a full or half day of activities led by two members of our living history team, enriching the study of life in Tudor England.

Full costumes are provided for children and adults. During the course of the visit the children will play the part of Tudor farmers. They will learn about the skills of candle dipping, calligraphy, and making pomanders. They will also learn how to handle a pike as a Tudor soldier.

Awards

We are extremely proud to have been awarded significant recognition over the years for the contribution that we have been able to make to the teaching and understanding of history. We work with over 20,000 children a year, either on the site here at Murton Park or in schools across the north of England.

In 2009 the Danelaw Centre for Living History was one of the first organisations nationally to be awarded the quality mark by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom. This stringently assessed award recognises the quality of the learning environment created on site and our approach to safety management throughout all our activities.

Roman

Welcome to Brigantium – a large outdoor classroom cunningly disguised as a Roman Auxilliary fort of the 1st Century AD. The duty centurion is always on the lookout for new recruits and with his assistant is able to put groups of up to 65 children through a rigorous introduction to life in the Roman army.

Equipped with their uniform, helmet, spear and shield, the young recruits are put through their paces learning how a fort is built and laid out before going on to learn the skills of weapons training (using dummy weapons!), guard duty, craft work, and parade ground drill. Successful recruits are always proud to earn their day’s pay and diploma.

Please note: We do not have any catering facilities, so children and adults will need to bring a packed lunch.

Services For Schools

Since 1992 the museum has played host to a unique Living History Project designed to provide hands-on experiences for (mainly) primary children. Based on the principle ‘I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand’, the idea behind the project is to introduce a practical element to history teaching.

Danelaw offer a variety of educational services linked to the curriculum. We were one of the first organisations nationally to be awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom quality mark, and were awarded  Sandford Awards for excellence in heritage education in 2010 and again in 2015.