Sheldon Memorial Trust Schools Competition

The Sheldon Memorial Trust is offering a prize worth £1000 to a primary school in York and its environs to explore the city’s Viking past.Sheldon Memorial Trust

Supporting the delivery of ‘The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor’ component of Key Stage 2 History, this package of learning activities will encourage learners to think about the settlement of Vikings in the north of England, and includes:

  • A field trip
  • A visit to your classroom by our Vikings and archaeologists who will provide a day of outreach activities
  • The use of a Viking loan box packed with replica artefacts and classroom resources

To be in with a chance of winning, tell us what top 3 things you and your class would like to learn about life around the time of the Viking invasion and settlement of Britain. You can do this with letters, drawings or even a video: your class might enjoy role-playing some aspects of Anglo-Scandinavian life! The class with the most creative and persuasive approach will be the winner.

The deadline for submissions is 31st December 2017.

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  • 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 2017. 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

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.