Finding out about our local history – the plague at Eyam 1665

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The children searched for historical facts and found out about their family history as well as taking a walk to the local landmarks to get a real feel for life in 1665 when the plague was brought to Eyam. They were thrilled by some gory tales brought to life by a local historian. In the Church the children saw the long list of families who had suffered and the famous Rev. Mompesson window.

The children enjoyed some acting and lots of myth busting

 The older pupils visited the museum and got some ideas about life styles, health and hygiene and the emotional challenges of living through such an ordeal.

 

During the walk, lead by one of our Governors, the children visited local landmarks such as the famous boundary stone and the Riley graves where Elizabeth Hancock buried her husband and six children here during 8 days in August 1666. They had died of the plague which had come to Eyam the year previous, carried in a roll of wet cloth from London.

Key ideas for the topic included a comparison to life in 2019

  • Chronology and time lines
  • Who was the King of England at the time – Charles II
  • Life style and life challenges
  • Food cultivation and eating
  • Home life and work
  • Health cures – fact and fiction
  • The idea of sacrifice and giving things up for the greater good of others – selfless acts

 

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