As part of the Everyday Life 50 students visit Danelaw Village, Murton Park York. The day is designed to give students a realistic experience of peasant life in Medieval England. They will form family groups, be dressed in Medieval costume and ‘live’ on Danelaw Village for the day in authentic housing. This will provide a unique and interactive insight into topics covered in the Everyday Life course at HGS, including crime and punishment, work and leisure, and the experiences of women and children. The day will conclude with a session in the Manor Court to summarise the learning that has taken place throughout the day. Students will be able to take home any objects that they make during the re-enactment.
Pupil report on Danelaw Village History Trip
On Monday 11th April a group of 48 Year 7 pupils went on a trip to Murton Park. This was an educational trip designed to allow us to experience life in medieval times, rather than just learn about it in a classroom environment. …My group's first job was farming with Mistress Edith. We were given a hoe and told to create a trench, where seeds would eventually be planted, by dragging the hoe backwards continuously. It was harder than I expected because the soil was dry, compact and clayey; not at all how the compost you buy in bags is like...Our next daily village activity was candle dipping with Mistress Emma...We then made a candle holder from clay by moulding it with our hands to a shape that we wanted and stuck the candle in it...During our break for lunch we had to entertain the Lord of the Manor by telling jokes. After lunch, we were given the tedious task of housework! Our final duty was to guard the village. To help us do this, we were given helmets, spears and a shield each. To begin with we were taught the different commands that the Lord would issue in case of an emergency. Then we were given jobs to do; a few people were by the edge of the village to warn the others of trouble such as Scots or lepers they had to shout “Ring the bell!” so, naturally there was somebody stood by the bell to ring it. Others were stood round the village and a couple of people went round the village to make sure everyone was doing their job properly. When the bell was rung everyone had to drop what they were doing and run to the meeting point while the guards got into formation and followed the Lord’s orders.
We all had a fantastic day and were all exhausted but we now have a better understanding of how difficult life was back then compared to how easy it is now. It is better than just learning about it in a classroom environment because I can now understand just how difficult it was and why many people died at what we would call a young age, (30-40 years old). I would highly recommend this trip if you ever get the opportunity to go as it is one of the best school trips I have ever been on. (Year 7)
Link to Gallery Danelaw 2010
Link to Gallery Danelaw 2011
Link to Murton Park website
In 2011 a new trip has been developed to Cromford Mill to compliment work on the Industrial Revolution. The visit will occur on July 7th 2011 involving all Year 8 students and informative guided tours of both the mill and the village.
Link to Cromford Mill website
The RE Department run a trip to Beth Shalom in the Autunm term - this compliments our work on genocide and the Holocaust.
Year 9's have recently been involved in a visit to the Royal Armouries Leeds for a day. However, the education department has recently been reduced, so this visit is under review.
Link to Gallery Armouries 2009
Link to Gallery Armouries 2010
Link to Royal Armouries Leeds
A Level History
In order to help students with their studies, outside speakers have been arranged, such as Keith Laybourn of Huddersfield University, on the growth and development of the Labour party. In year 13 a visit to Huddersfield University Library also takes place, allowing students to do research for their Personal Studies.
Every year around 12 A Level students join Mr Jones on a trip to Russia, experiencing the country by rail, with a key focus on Moscow and St Petersburg.
Link to Gallery Russia 2010