A pair of activities, suitable for both KS3 and GCSE, created by Ruth Lingard and Helen Snelson who teach in York, together with Professor Stephen Baxter of St. Peter’s College, Oxford whose research on Domesday Book underpins the material and activities.
The two activities are:
- ‘Efficient and ingenious.’ Why is that an accurate description of the Domesday Survey and Norman government?
- ‘What does Domesday Book reveal about the impact of 20 years of Norman rule?’
Introducing these activities Helen and Ruth comment:
“We find that students don’t easily connect Domesday Book with the Conquest itself beyond a superficial level. We also find that some textbooks cover the Domesday survey in very little depth. Extracts from Domesday Book itself are also hard to access for students. Using them seems like a good idea to enliven the topic, but they do need some adaption to be useful. These activities use adapted extracts from Domesday to give students a sense of what it includes and the opportunity to use Domesday Book as evidence for the impact of the Conquest.”
For the whole of the first activity and its resources click here
And for the second click here.