Resource created by Leeds Museums and Galleries Discovery Centre, in collaboration with Emily Sanderson.
Delve into the West Yorkshire Hoard - one of the most signifiant medieval archaeological finds in the Leeds area.
- KS2 History: Britain's settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots.
- KS2 Art & Design: The work ofa range of artists and craft makers.
- What things make a piece of jewellery more or less valuable?
- In the medieval period, jewellery was often used to show wealth. What kinds of objects and possessions do people use today to show how rich they are?
- Do you think it’s right that people have to ask landowner permission to carry out metal detecting on their land?
- Do you think that anyone should be allowed to metal detect, or should it be more strongly regulated?
- What do you think happened to the hoard?
- Why do you think someone might hide their valuables and never come back for them?
- Design your own jewellery or amulets based on medieval designs. Use the information sheet on the properties of various gems in medieval times to help you.
- Draw a collection of things that are precious to you, which you would hide in a hoard. Write a note to put with your hoard, to explain why you are burying these items - what are you protecting them from, or what personal situation has made you feel like you need to bury them?
- Create a comic strip or animation that tells the story of the hoard. Think about:
- Who owned it
- Why they buried it
- What happened to them which meant they couldn't come back for it.
- How the hoard was then discovered
- See this animation about the discovery of a Viking ring for inspiration.