On the 15th of June, the History department spent the day at Sherborne Castle and Abbey, as part of their GCSE unit called ‘History Around Us’. After walking through Sherborne to the castle, teachers conducted a tour of the grounds before relaxing over lunch in the picturesque grounds. The pupils then set about sketching historical features like Romanesque arches, cannonball damage and ashlar and considered who might have been kept in Bishop Rogers dungeon. We picture what it might be like to pray in the ornately decorated chapel, to row across the lake for supplies or to be holed up in the castle as the Roundheads attacked. One of the more challenging aspects of the site is to find evidence in the remains of how the castle has changed over time. This is history meets field archaeology!
Before leaving we had just enough time to make a quick dash down to the Abbey to look for evidence of Norman architecture. We rushed back to the coach for the return journey.
A great day was had by all and the pupils were a credit to the school.
Thank you to everyone who made the trip such a success!