This session gives children the opportunity to explore history through direct experience with Reading’s newly conserved Abbey Ruins. They will discover how Reading was formed by the British monarchy’s relationship with the Church. Through this interactive session children will work with and handle real medieval abbey artefacts, dress up in replica costume and take part in role play activities.

The children enjoyed discussing artefacts and handling them.


(On entering the ruins) - Wow


Redlands Primary School

Notes for teachers

  • Key Stage 2 and 3
  • Explores Reading’s unique Abbey Ruins
  • Opportunities to handle real objects, including medieval pottery and tiles from Reading Abbey
  • Children can wear replica costume and take part in role play


  • To understand how Reading was formed, over time, through the influence of significant figures like Henry I, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.
  • Learn how significant changes such as the dissolution of the monasteries affected the development of the local area.