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By Divine Right

About this session

Key Stage 3 | Subject: History | Topic: Stuarts | Session Type: Depth study

The Banqueting House has stood for over 400 years; it is the last remaining part of Whitehall Palace, and was built as a reminder of the monarch’s divine right to rule.

Students will meet and interview a member of the Stuart royal family, on the date of Charles I’s execution. Using primary source 'eyewitness' accounts they will develop their skills of historical enquiry and learn more about the events from the point of view of the royals.

Students will take a walking tour that explores the lost palace of Whitehall. The day is an immersive opportunity to learn more about the English Civil War, using primary sources and costumed interpreters to explore the events through the eyes of a king.

National Curriculum links
This session supports:

  • Developing and extending knowledge and understanding of: specified key events periods and societies in the history of their locality, and in Britain.
  • Understanding, analysing, and making valid historical claims from: a range of source material including written historical sources whose precise provenance is given, as part of an historical enquiry; a range of representations and interpretations of the past as part of an historical enquiry.
  • Understanding historical concepts of continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity and difference, and significance by making connections, drawing contrasts, analysing trends and framing historical questions.

Booking information

Availability 2017/18
Available on request Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10.30am
2.75 hours
£186 plus admission

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Family tree of the late Stuart monarchy

Trace the royal lineage from James I to Mary II and William III.

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