History KS3: Medieval trades and skills

Historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Tom Pinfold and Peter Ginn learn about the various craftsmen and skills a castle relied upon to function.

Blacksmiths and carpenters were vital and their trade extended to building complex structures like the water mill.

This clip is from the BBC Two series, Secrets of the Castle.

Teacher Notes

You could challenge your pupils to create a job advert for either a medieval carpenter or a medieval blacksmith.

To supplement this video, pupils could research for more evidence of the skills and experience needed for their advert.

The advert might include an illustration of the likely projects to be completed. This could be the gallery or water mill.

Curriculum Notes

This series is suitable for teaching history at Key Stage 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and at 3rd Level in Scotland.

More from Secrets of the Castle:

Building a medieval castle
Inside a medieval castle
Medieval daily life
Medieval warfare
The medieval world