York Minster Across the Centuries
From the beginnings of York to the present time, there have been buildings on the Minster site. Find out what they were and how they have changed over the centuries. Hear the stories of the devastating fires of 1829, 1840 and 1984. Discover more about the Minster today; its function, the furniture, the people who work in it, the medieval stained glass and much more.
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. More emphasis will be placed on the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion with older pupils. This visit can include a short time of reflection using candles in the Crypt.
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.
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.
The changes in belief and practice through the Tudor period are spelled out. The causes of the religious problems inherited by Elizabeth are considered, and the establishment of the Elizabethan Church examined.
Few places can surpass the Minster for a visit to illustrate the role of the church in the Middle Ages. We will look at the development of the building itself, and see how it fitted into the context of an important Medieval city. Using the evidence provided by its architecture, stained glass and recorded history; we will consider the cathedral as a place of power, pilgrimage and praise.