Year 5 Dig Into The Lancashire Archives

Year 5 took a trip down memory lane as they visited the Lancashire Archives in Preston, learning about how historical data has been recorded over the centuries.

Staff members Matthew and Sebastian greeted the group dressed up as a scribe and a monk, and QEGS’ teachers and pupils soon realised that they were from the time of King Edward, serving the King himself.

Pupils learned how to scribe and more about working conditions in those times, with only some scribes actually getting paid even though they were in high demand. Rather than the exercise books pupils use to today, scribes used dry animal skin to write on!

Following this, pupils and staff then made their own seal for important documents before heading into the rooms where the archives are kept. In this room, a wide range of artefacts were on show to look at, including the archives from King Henry VIII, papers on Guy Fawkes and the attack on Parliament, love letters from 1899 and even the official document which was sealed by Queen Elizabeth I to open QEGS!