All Class Clips content is available to watch on mobile, tablet and desktop devices on our new Knowledge & Learning BETA website.
What was farming like in medieval England?
The peasants of medieval Kibworth farmed large open fields divided into narrow strips. The manure used to fertilise the land throughout the community's history reveals the domestic debris of many centuries. Interviews with local archaeologists are interspersed with supporting images from the Luttrell Psalter to reveal what rural life might have been like in medieval England.
First broadcast on 'Michael Wood's Story of England' on BBC4 in October 2010.
Younger pupils might enjoy the idea of discovering the past through debris and rubbish. A point of discussion following the account could be to consider what sort of evidence might be found by the field walkers and what this might tell you about medieval rural society in England.
Older pupils may be studying the transition from the open field system to enclosure. Michael Wood sets the scene for 800 years continuity within agriculture until enclosure changed the landscape. This might be a useful reference point before introducing the open field system to the class more formally. There is a nice map of the strips within the open fields in Kibworth at the start of the account and this might be referred back to when developing greater depth on pre-agricultural revolution farming.
This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.