York Minster Across the Centuries
We spend a one hour session in the Learning Centre which is designed to give the children a clear chronology of the Minster site from Roman times to the present day.
We begin by creating a “human timeline” using appropriate headgear (e.g. Roman helmet, Saxon crown, Bishop’s mitre) to create a basic chronology.
We then divide the group into five teams: Roman, Anglo Saxon, Viking, Norman and Later Medieval. Each team is given a box of artifacts and other information which will enable them to work together to explore their particular period in more detail.
This is followed by a feedback session where we encourage all the children to participate, accompanied by a short digital presentation, during which we find out what each team has discovered and use it to put more detail in to the chronology.
Finally, we use our large colour-coded model of the Minster to demonstrate how the Norman cathedral of c 1080 gradually evolved into the great Gothic structure we see today.
The one hour Minster tour – whether preceding or following the above – is a general introduction to the building as it is today, focusing on what can actually be seen and describing its use past and present.
The Minster as a Place of Worship
This visit concentrates on the Minster as an example of a place of Christian worship. During their time in the Centre, some of the students will be dressed in vestments used in the cathedral today. Many groups use this visit to contrast York Minster with their local Parish church This visit can include a short time of reflection using candles in the Crypt.
Colour and Light
This topic explains the process of making stained glass windows. It includes the use of different materials, transparency, light sources, light and dark, as well as references to the Minster as a place of worship. Pictures, computer programmes and stories are used in the presentation. To complement this topic we now have a specially designed, upright light box. We can build up a complete 'stained glass window' in vivid and illuminated detail, illustrating the process of how the panels were designed, painted and leaded. For the older pupils the function of tracery and the use of metal supports in the window frame will be included. The tour can include a time of quiet candle-lit reflection.
How was it Done - Building a Medieval Cathedral
This visit combines elements of Science, Design and Technology to illustrate the choice of materials and their use within the building, the structure of the building, its design in response to its use as a place of worship. This visit will use our reconstructed Masons' Lodge teaching resource to explain how parts of the Minster were set out and built. We will also explain why and how the restoration of the East Front is taking place.
Romans, Anglo Saxons & Vikings in Britain
The first building on the present site of the Minster was the principia of the Roman Fort. The first Minster was built in Saxon times. Models and artefacts illustrate these aspects of the Minster's history and relate them to the period being studied in school.
The Church in Tudor Times
Where better to study the break with Rome than at the Minster? Our computer presentation illustrates the changes in church furnishing according to the beliefs of the reigning monarch, and shows how Catholic or Protestant each Tudor ruler is considered to be.
NEW Key Stage 2 & 3 First World War workshop - Local Heroes
2 hour workshop £6.00 per pupil
Pupils discover York Minster’s unique First World War memorials and uncover individual stories of people who lived during the First World War. Pupils use ‘memory boxes’ containing real and replica objects, photographs and documents during their investigations and finish their workshop with a personal act of remembrance.