St Mary's Priory Abergavenny: The Priory Centre

LEARNING SERVICE at the Tithe Barn, St Mary's Priory, Abergavenny

The St Mary's Priory Learning Service has been developed as a central component within the Tithe Barn.

Historic Clothing

Based in the Tithe Barn we aim to deliver a high quality learning provision through a varied range of services including workshops for schools and events.

The history of St Mary’s can be used with a wide range of other contexts to generate engaging learning pathways. Tudor clothing, food, music, childhood and pastimes, medieval and Tudor medicine, history of St Mary’s Priory as told by a monk and a visit to the Abbot’s Garden. It also therefore provides a particularly rich context for cross-curricular and skills focussed work.

Our aim is simply to engage new and diverse audiences and promote the heritage of the St Mary’s Priory both in the local and wider community. The underlying principal in all our work will be active learning with an appropriate measure of fun!


School visits

Tudor Dress

Children can explore Tudor life through active learning designed to support the National Curriculum. Visits are typically based on a half day programme.

Each workshop last approximately 40 minutes and is led by an experienced Learning Service volunteer. Schools select no more than three workshops and the children, in groups of 8 – 12, rotate throughout their visit. 

"I can honestly say it’s the best school visit we’ve ever been on. It was so well organised... the children were totally transfixed throughout the whole visit." Mrs Saunders (History co-ordinator)

View details of our workshops (PDF download)

Learning Service Advert (PDF download)

School booking form (PDF download)

School booking form (MS Word download)

Risk Assesment (PDF download)


Contact details

For further information about our Learning Service facilities, please contact the manager by e-mail manager@stmarys-priory.org or Tel 01873 858787.

Tithe Barn
Monk Street 
Abergavenny
Monmouthshire
NP7 5ND


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