Sheldon Memorial Trust Schools Competition

York Archaeological trust has teamed up with the Sheldon Memorial Trust to present a unique opportunity for schools in the City of York.

There is one prize each for a York primary and secondary school. Each has been designed with the requirements of the National Curriculum for History in mind and is worth £1000.

PRIMARY HISTORYSheldon Memorial Trust

Iron Age or Roman: Which Britain was better?

Supporting the delivery of the ‘Roman Empire and its impact on Britain’ component of Key Stage 2 History, this package of learning activities will encourage learners to weigh up the pros and cons of the Roman invasion for local Britons.

It will include:

  • A field trip to an Iron Age oppidum
  • A visit to your classroom by an archaeologist who will provide a day of outreach activities on the theme of Roman York
  • The use of a Roman loan box, packed with replica artefacts and classroom resources

To be in with a chance of winning, tell us what top three things you and your class would like to learn about life around the time of the Roman invasion of Britain. You can do this with letters, drawings or even a video: your class might enjoy role-playing some aspects of Iron Age life! The class with the most creative and persuasive approach will be the winner. The deadline for submissions is 25th March 2016.


Medieval Life in Town and Country

Conceived to support teaching of the ‘development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509’ component of Key Stage 3 History, these two full days of activities will introduce medieval life in all its colour and variety. Day 1 begins with an illustrated talk by an expert medievalist who will put daily life, diet, belief, health, crime, disease, death, and warfare under the spotlight in the splendid surroundings of a medieval guildhall. Visits to two of the JORVIK Group’s medieval attractions will follow, with lively interpretations by costumed JORVIK Group staff. Day 2 is a field trip to the Yorkshire Wolds, to explore a country church and a deserted village site. The visit will conclude with a tour of a historic farmhouse not usually open to the public.

To enter, you and your class should prepare a list of items that you would want to take with you on a holiday to the Middle Ages, plus a to-do list of activities and sightseeing for your medieval mini-break. Submissions may be in any format (e.g. artwork, creative writing, video) and should be as imaginative and creative as possible.

The deadline for submissions is 25th March 2016.

If you have any questions about how to take part, please contact Frances Bennett, Education Officer, via


  • Selection of the winning submission will be made by a representative of the Sheldon Memorial Trust and the staff of the Education 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.
  • Selection of the winning submission will be made by the Education department of The JORVIK Group. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • The prize awarded is non-transferable, and exact content, timings, date and method of delivery will be determined by the Education department of the JORVIK Group.
  • The closing date for the receipt of submissions is 25th March 2016. This may be altered at the discretion of the JORVIK Group Education department.
  • We cannot guarantee the return of submissions.

We advise that AV submissions do not run 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.