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Eyam Museum provides background material to support projects and classwork.
Ordering information is given on our booklist.

The Teacher's Pack

The following is a list of the contents of our Teacher's Pack.

A guide to the museum and a list of the facilities

A set of 23 worksheets which can be used on a visit.  Classwork suggestions are given on the back of the sheets. Here is a sample worksheet and corresponding classwork suggestions

Comparative photo pairs of then and now in the village,  pictures of well known sites around Eyam, and a portrait of the Rector, William Mompesson

A chronological list of victims of the plague

The “St Paul’s Churchyard Broadsheet”,  an imaginary contemporary broadsheet giving useful and often amusing background historical information

A list of the symptoms of the plague

A set of sheets describing some ancient “cures”

A map of the village, and a local geological map

The last will and testament of George Darby


The Population of Eyam 1664-1667

Many years of research by John and Francine Clifford have revealed that the population of Eyam was considerably more than the 350 estimated by William Wood in his "History of Eyam" in the early 19th Century. William Wood took William Mompesson's statement that "76 households were touched by the plague" to describe the entire population, but in fact many households escaped infection. 700 individuals can be identified as living in Eyam when the plague arrived, and there may have been more because doubtful entries have been discounted.

The principal sources were the Hearth Tax assessments in the Public Record Office, and the Eyam Bishop's Transcripts and many other documents in the Lichfield Joint Record Office. Permission to access the information is gratefully acknowledged.

The results of this research are presented here as a PDF.

If you are unable to open the PDF file, an Adobe reader is downloadable here.



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