Teaching the Domesday Survey

Ruth Lingard and Helen Snelson from Yorkclio worked with Professor Stephen Baxter from the University of Oxford to develop resources for teaching about the Domesday Survey. The attached resources are adaptable for Key Stage 3 or GCSE and the whole lot can be done in one lesson. The story of Domesday is so exciting and some of this can be missed by students. These trialled and peer-reviewed activities should solve that problem!

Resources for learning about the Domesday Survey and the challenge facing the scribes: How revealing of Norman skill is the Domesday Survey  The first part of the story of the Domesday Survey   Eight wapentakes  Ten landholders

Resources for learning about what Domesday Book reveals about the Conquest: What can Domesday reveal re Conquest  PPT people and places on map  What can Domesday reveal places   Sheets on which to collate findings

If you want to catch up on the latest research about the Domesday Survey – here are some notes: Domesday Book

Update: huge thanks to Tracy Bowen who has adapted these resources for her Y7 students with low-levels of literacy. If you stick these A3 posters up around the room: Domesday Book Differentiated activity , students can then use them to collect the info onto this chart Domesday Book Survey – Differentiated . Here is the PPT that fits around it and sets up the lesson: Domesday Book – Differentiated Activity .

Follow this link: @HistoryBreeze  to nice examples of data capture sheets developed for use with the main activity. Thanks for sharing, colleagues!





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