Year 7 history girls had great fun today at Fountains Abbey trialling a new scripted drama from Act the Facts for the National Trust. Dressed in a variety of costumes they walked the story of the abbey from its foundation by monks from York in the 12th century, via the burning of the wooden abbey by Archbishop William, through the wealthy years of the 13th century, the combined terrors of the Scots and the Black Death, to the dissolution by Cromwell’s men for Henry VIII. The arrival of Henry VIII (aka Ian Dawson) was pretty scary. Telling the story on location with a script was a great way to engage with the building and its past across time, and to understand why the building we see today is in ruins.
Stop Press! Year 7 were amazing in their history lesson this morning – they told the tale of Fountains across the centuries with no problem – the power of scripted drama!