Medieval Realms

Teachers' notes and linked resources

St Mary's Abbey in York was one of the most powerful and wealthy in the North of England.  It owned land across the country and its monks occupied the site from its foundation in the 1080s to its destruction by Henry VIII in 1539.


This learning journey combines information about the background of St Mary's Abbey, aimed at teachers, and a virtual tour of the abbey, designed to be used by pupils in the classroom. 


Afterwards, you can test your pupils' knowledge with the quiz, which can be found under "Additional Resources".  Each question links back to the areas of the virtual tour.


Curriculum Links - St Mary's Abbey

Can be used as a resource for:


KS3 - History

Unit 4 - How did the medieval church affect people's lives?

Learning objective

To learn about the medieval church and its impact on everyday people's lives


Inspiring Learning for All - learning objectives

  • To have a better understanding of life in a medieval abbey
  • To have a better understanding of the influence of the medieval church
  • To be able to navigate round a virtual tour
  • To have increased respect for ruined abbeys

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