Year 6 Trip to Eyam – 1st April 2014

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On 1st April, in glorious sun shine, Ratcliffe College Y6 children put a breath of fresh air into the village of Eyam- ‘the plague village’. The children went on a plague hunt as part of their History topic and had an amazing time retracing the historical journey around the village searching for traces of the dreadful disease.

The day began in the museum widening our knowledge, followed by a visit to the church where we all met a surviving relative of a plague victim, discovered where the vicar’s wife had been buried and came very close to the source of the plague in this village – the plague cottages! After a perfect picnic, we made our way to the Riley graves where Mrs Hancock had to bury seven members of her family; a very poignant moment. The children were impeccably behaved and benefitted from such a memorable visit to an amazing village that came together as a community in their desperate attempts to contain the plague…