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5 school trip ideas… History in York

Date Posted: 13/08/2014

Pictured: Learning at York's Chocolate Story.

School groups visiting the ‘social hub of the north’ can reflect on York’s importance during this 300th anniversary year, as the city celebrates its Georgian heritage alongside new developments and attractions.

Here are five school trip ideas in York.

1. A Georgian passion for fashion at Fairfax House

Some of the finest accessories of the 18th century are on display at York’s Fairfax House in a major fashion exhibition Head to Toe: Accessorising the Georgians

A sumptuous array of historic accessories dating from 1700 to 1820 and featuring shoes, fans, hats, waistcoats, garters, stockings, buttons and gloves as well as other more exotic forms of accessories will be on display in this exhibition which explores the ‘fashioning’ of Georgian Britain.

Students can visit Head to Toe until 2nd November.

2. WWI at York Castle Museum

1914: When the World Changed Forever will run at York Castle Museum for four years, reflecting the duration of the Great War and commemorating the centenary.

From the pre-war golden age of peace and prosperity, students will experience the recruitment office and travel via train to the horrors of the frontline - from rats to foot rot, shell shock to gas warfare.

3 and 4.  The Richard III Experience and Micklegate Bar Museum

Two new museums are now open in York, based at two of its historic locations along the city walls – Monk Bar and Micklegate Bar.

The Jorvik Group, which operates the Jorvik Viking Centre, Barley Hall, DIG and Micklegate Bar Museum attractions within the city, has taken over the space within Monk Bar which has housed the current Richard III Museum, and which has reopened as The Richard III Experience.

The contents of the Micklegate Bar Museum have also been replaced and updated to create The Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar. 

These new attractions illustrate the story of medieval York, giving students an insight into what it would have been like to live in the city through the War of the Roses, living first under the white rose of Richard, then the red rose of Henry Tudor. 

5. A Taste of Home at York’s Chocolate Story

Running until the end of this year at York’s Chocolate Story, exhibition World War I: A Taste of Home commemorates the centenary of World War I, examining the city’s links to chocolate manufacture and changes in confectionery development as a result of the conflict. 

Pupils can explore how the gift of chocolate helped to keep wartime spirits high, both at home and on the frontline.

The attraction is also running a schools’ specific workshop alongside the exhibition.

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