Black Death studies in Derbyshire

Date Posted: 06/05/2015

As the Eyam Museum in Derbyshire marks the 350th anniversary of the Black Death, there’s never been a better time to take a school trip.

The Eyam Museum in Derbyshire commemorates the 350th anniversary of the plague this year and is offering a range of educational opportunities to coincide.

This museum tells the story of the Black Death as a pandemic, which started in biblical times. Its displays highlight the effect it had on the population of the UK after the London outbreak of 1665, and looks into its causes and control.

However, the museum also has its own story to tell. The villagers of Eyam were afflicted with the Black Death themselves, and undertook a self-imposed quarantine to stop it from spreading across the rest of the country. 260 locals were killed in the outbreak.

The education sessions at the museum pick up on both the local and national impact of the disease.

School trips can take advantage of a 30-seat lecture theatre. Plus, the museum offers a downloadable teachers’ pack, which features worksheets, then and now photographs, and fact sheets for teachers.

Bookings for school trips are now being taken for the next academic year.

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Photo credit: VisitEngland/VisitPeakDistrict/Linda Bussey.

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