York Museums Trust

Cell Stories Competition 2016

Cell Stories

An exciting new writing competition for primary schools at York Castle Museum.

Now is your chance to create a story based on life here when the building was a prison. We want stories of inmates or workers here between 1705 and 1900 focusing on their daily life, rather than the crime they committed or the punishment they received. Your story could even give an alternative version of the end of the life of Dick Turpin, our most famous resident, just as you would in our workshop.

The competition links well with a National Curriculum History theme of Crime and Punishment when you study “an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.” If you need inspiration, book a school workshop: Legend of Dick Turpin, Crime and Punishment or York Prison through Time would all suit! Click here for more information on these workshops.

The winning school will receive a FREE workshop at York Castle Museum plus a day for your class working in your school with storyteller Mary Passeri.

For an information pack please email schoolcompetitions@ymt.org.uk (closing date February 17th 2017.)