Hampton Court in context: Reading the historic environment

Updated 2 July. Following government guidance, some of the outdoor spaces at Hampton Court Palace are now open Wednesday-Sunday. Palace interiors will reopen 17 July. The Magic Garden and Maze remain closed. Please read our visit information

About this session

Key Stage 4 | Subject: History | Topics: Tudors, Stuarts, Georgians | Session Type: Depth study

Royal grandeur or grace and favour? Hampton Court remains a magnificent palace reflecting Tudor, Baroque and Victorian architectural tastes and needs.

In this session students will explore the palace and its historic artefacts to analyse the changing functions and use of Hampton Court Palace over time.

This depth study asks students to critically examine primary source material including both physical and written evidence to test how far this iconic palace reflects the changes in local and national history and the role of the monarchy itself.

Learning objectives

Students will:

  • Review a range of primary evidence to consider the importance of Hampton Court as a royal palace across time.
  • Study the specific value of physical primary evidence and how it creates debate and contrasting arguments about history.

Exam board links

This session has been designed to complement the Historic Environment requirement, and particularly the following exam boards:

  • OCR B Component Group 2: History Around Us: Historic Environment.
  • AQA Paper 2: Shaping the Nation, Section B: British Depth Studies (Historic Environment).

Booking information

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
2.5 hours
Up to 70 students
1-35 pupils: £190 plus admission
36-70 pupils: £380 plus admission

Book your school visit

Session notes for teachers

Key information for your school visit to Hampton Court Palace.

Download session notes for teachers