Looking at Collections: After the Plague

How do historical conditions influence our health? How does health change history? The After the Plague Project investigates these questions by exploring health in medieval England (400-1500).

The most significant event during this period is the infamous Black Death (the plague epidemic of 1347-51), which killed 30% to 60% of Europe’s population. This project focusses on one medieval archaeological site in Cambridge, and the people who were buried there.

Hero Hybrid

In this activity you will learn about mythical heroes and gods, and see their representations in our museum. You will then be invited to create your own hero or heroine! You can also see an example of a hero created by our education team. 

You will need: 

  • paper, pencils, colouring pencils or pens
  • the instructions! 

You can find the instructions for this (and other activities) here:

Design Your Own Greek Vase

Have you ever wanted to know more about Greek pottery? This is your chance! 

In this activity you will chose one of three pottery shapes to decorate inspired by Greek pottery styles. You can use pencil and paper to complete this, but you can also get creative with some coloured pencils or paints.