Domesday Book: medieval treasure

What can we learn about people’s lives in 1086?

Is Domesday Book the most important document held here at The National Archives? In this essential workshop for beginner historians, students examine how far Domesday Book is really useful when studying medieval society. They will then judge its value against other medieval documents in our collection. Students have the opportunity to examine some original documents from medieval England, including tally sticks, a lawyer’s inventory and a map of Chertsey.  This session supports schools studying the development of Church, state and society in medieval Britain 1066-1509.

Connections to the curriculum: History

Available as: On site workshop. Find out more about the types of session we offer.

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at The National Archives

2 hours

Available: All year round

Cost: Free to UK schools

Suitability: Key stages 2 and 3

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