St Albans pupils battle it out in medieval art competition

The winning pupils from Heathlands Primary with their certificates

The winning pupils from Heathlands Primary with their certificates - Credit: Archant

Pupils from primary schools situated on historic grounds have ‘battled’ it out for the winning titles in a medieval art competition.

Bernard’s Heath Junior, Bernard’s Heath Infant and Heathlands Primary each participated in the medieval competition as part of the build up to the battle re-enactment this weekend on May 17 and 18.

The competition came after a series of talks about the historic grounds the schools reside on, which saw an infamous battle take place more than 550 years ago.

Pupils are being encouraged to learn more about their heritage, and aside from the competition, activities such as a treasure trail will be put on on the day of the re-enactment.

Winners were picked from each school and all winning entries are now on display in St Albans library.

Andrea Hill, who is on the committee for the re-enactment, said: “It’s a great way to make children aware of their heritage, as their schools are set on the site the battle happened. We have to make learning relevant for them.”

The competition leads up to the re-enactment of the second Battle of St Albans, which took place in 1461 as part of the Wars of the Roses, by the Medieval Siege Society.

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The re-enactment is part of the Sandridge 900+ celebrations from March to November this year to mark 900 years since the consecration of the village church of St Leonard’s.