History Visits

The Exeter Book and the Anglo Saxons

The Exeter Book is a unique anthology of Anglo Saxon poetry written around 970AD. The oldest of only four books of Anglo Saxon poetry which survive anywhere in the world, it gives a fascinating insight into the literary culture of Anglo Saxon England.

It contains over 100 poems of different types from long sombre elegies to short humorous riddles. It explores diverse themes including the life of Christ, feelings about the soul, migration, loss, the sea and the natural world, it even has hidden drawings doodled in the margins!

  • For a broader look at Anglo Saxon life and culture, there are also Anglo Saxon coins and charters to be discovered in the Archives.
  • Through facsimiles and creative workshops to link with the sessions themes, come and explore Anglo Saxon culture!
  • Make a link to creative writing with riddle formations or an illuminating letter writing session.

Links: History, RE, Geography, PSHE, Phycology, Sociology, Science – we are happy to make sure your relevant theme requirements are covered, just let us know what they are.

Suitable for: KS KS3, KS4

Duration: Flexible but typically 60 minutes

Cost: £2.50 per student.

Historical Science and Medicine (Pic-Heister System of Surgery)

Exeter Cathedral Library contains nearly 3,000 historical medical and scientific books from medieval medical miscellanies containing charms and recipes, through to Victorian anatomical atlases, via herbals, chemistry, natural philosophy and astronomy.

  • Explore with us some of the key figures in the history of science and medicine with the Library’s copies of books by Galen, Andreas Vesalius, Thomas Sydenham, William Harvey, Edward Jenner, Robert Boyle, Elizabeth Blackwell and more…
  • Take the floor tour to discover relevant medical monuments, memorials and important local characters who had a hand in medical matters large and small.

Links: History, RE, Geography, PSHE, Phycology, Sociology, Science. We are happy to make sure your relevant theme requirements are covered, just let us know what they are.

Suitable for: KS KS3, KS4

Duration: Flexible but typically 60 minutes

Cost: £2.50 per student

Building a Cathedral – Fabric Account Rolls

Have you ever wondered what it took to build a medieval cathedral? Exeter Cathedral’s unique set of fabric account rolls contain detailed information about building, repairing and maintaining the Cathedral between the 13th and 16th centuries. They tell us where the wood, stone, metals and other materials came from, how much they cost, how long it took, and even the names of some of the craftspeople who carried out the work and their wages.

  • On your visit to the Cathedral you will find out about some of the characters who shaped the Cathedral
  • See how the written accounts document the construction of the Cathedral and learn more about medieval construction techniques. 
  • We have bespoke mini-models to demonstrate building methods to study, too.

Links: History, RE, Geography, PSHE, Phycology, Sociology, Science – we are happy to make sure your relevant theme requirements are covered, just let us know what they are.

Suitable for: KS2, KS3, KS4

Duration: Flexible but typically 60 minutes

Cost: £2.50 per student

Medieval Murder – Crime and Punishment

On the night of 09 November 1283 Canon Lechlade left his house at the Chantry to fulfil his duties at Midnight Matins.  An assailant, who had entered the city through the South Gate, sprung out of the shadows and brutally murdered Lechlade. What were the events that brought about such a crime and did the real culprits ever get punished?

Your pupils will journey back in time to the medieval cathedral to…

  • Discover the politics and social etiquette of the time
  • Meet characters who were suspects in the real life murder inquiry
  • Debate the correct punishment for the crime and find out how the local King stepped into proceedings.

Links: History, RE, Geography, PSHE, Phycology, Sociology, Science – we are happy to make sure your relevant theme requirements are covered, just let us know what they are.

Suitable for: KS2, KS3, KS4

Duration: Flexible but typically 60 minutes

Cost: £2.50 per student