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Due to the coronavirus situation, the details on our education pages are all subject to change. Please sign up to our Learning mailing list to get the latest news on our digital learning offer and available school visits programme or view our latest newsletter here. If you have an urgent enquiry, contact our Reservations department directly by phone (01904 615505) or email (schools@yorkat.co.uk).

Barley Hall Workshops

Our 45-minute workshop sessions are specially designed to spark your pupils’ interest in the past by exploring a variety of fun and interesting themes.

For the safety and comfort of our schools and staff whilst COVID-19 social distancing guidance is in place, we have modified our schools workshop offer and we are currently offering two themes, Healers and Humours or Arms and Armour, which have been adapted to offer pupils an engaging and interactive session with our costumed Tudor staff in a safe and hygienic way.

Healers and Humours Workshop

A chance to learn about Tudor medicine and how illness and ailments were treated hundreds of years ago. Discover the methods used by the barber surgeon and find out about some of the Tudors’ most gruesome diseases and grisly cures. Not for the faint-hearted!

Arms and Armour Workshop

Hear how weapons of all kinds were used in everyday Tudor life, from sport and hunting to self defence. Discover how weapons could be status symbols or valued items of costume, and handle some of these weapons for yourself.


If you would prefer to learn about medieval medicine from the comfort of your classroom, you can now meet a medieval medic through our interactive learning sessions- take a look at our new virtual outreach offer to learn more.

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