University of Leeds

University of Bradford

Wakefield Council

You Are What You Ate

Schools and youth activities

Image from the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds, Book of Hours, Calendar, January, MS. 9, f. 1v.

Free sessions for schools


Drawing of a Medieval knight (by Megan, age 10)Drawing of a Medieval princess (by Megan, age 10)Over the course of the project, 'You are what you ate' aimed to visit every primary school in the Wakefield area. Activities included walking to school in medieval costume (with prizes for the best costume), a fun assembly on medieval food for all children and a class on historical nutrition especially designed for year six (all for registered schools only).

For more information about the free medieval themed sessions which ran from the start of the project to the summer of 2013, see here.

Although the three-year grant for these medieval-themed schools sessions ended in 2013, 'You are what you ate’ was delighted to be awarded further funding from the Wellcome Trust to continue working with children and young people for another year from September 2013 to the summer of 2014. This included free workshops for schools in the Wakefield area on healthy eating for the Tudors.

These free Tudor sessions continued on into the middle of 2014, facilitated by Wakefield Museum. Looking at food and ingredients available for Tudors, these KS2 workshops have been cross curriculum designed and have allowed pupils to connect with the past by meeting ‘Bess’, a Tudor woman helping the sick in the village where she lives, and gain hands-on experience making a real historic (no-cook) recipe in class.

Further Tudor sessions will run from October 2014 to June 2015 and a charge is applicable to these in-school workshops. See here for further details about these sessions and how your school can take part.

Middle ages, drawing by Megan (aged 10)The project also ran special archaeological workshops (registered schools in the Wakefield area only) where children can learn about archaeological and forensic methods and find out more about how our ancestors lived and what it tells us about our health and lifestyle. A small number of these sessions have taken place each year at the University of Bradford's dedicated osteology lab and the project sends out details directly to schools when these take place. After four years of offering two free sessions per year, the last of these took place in the summer of 2014.

Starting in 2014, we have an exciting new archaeological themed workshop for schools in the Wakefield area. 'Skeleton Secrets: Investigating Medieval Bones' workshops take place at Wakefield Museum and they transform your pupils into scientists as they learn about medieval bones! See here for further information, including how to book for our next set of sessions.

In addition, there are numerous other events throughout the year for children and families at museums in the Wakefield area (freely available to all but registration often required). See here for more information.

Eventually, this website will include a resource pack for teachers interested in developing further historical and nutritional activities.

Please click on events for more information on our activities, or contact us.