Monarchs Through the Ages

About this session

Key Stage 2 | Subject: History, English (spoken language), Art & Design | Topics: Tudors, Stuarts | Session Type: Route-based

Imagine you are members of William III’s Privy Council. Your task is to find a suitable council chamber in the palace!

Led by a costumed presenter, children will compare and contrast the Tudor and Stuart royal apartments. They will gain an understanding of how design and use of the palace changed in the 142 years between Henry VIII, and William and Mary to reflect the changing needs of the monarch.

Learning Objectives
Children will:

  • Discover that the design and use of the Royal apartments at Hampton Court changed between the Tudor and Stuart monarchs.
  • Compare and contrast the architectural differences between the palaces of Henry VIII and that of William and Mary.
  • Explore the changing role of the monarch using the building as evidence and source material.

National Curriculum Links

This session supports:


  • Exploring a theme of British history beyond 1066 (the changing role of the monarch).
  • Understanding the methods of historical enquiry, how evidence is used to make claims.

English (spoken language):

  • Articulating and justifying answers, arguments and opinions.

Art and Design:

  • Finding out about great artists, architects and designers in history.

Booking information

10.30, 11.45, 13.15
1 hour
Up to 35 pupils
£95 plus admission

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