The architect's design dilemma

Digital mission

Digital mission

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

About this session

Key Stage 2 | Subject: History | Topics: Georgians | Session Type: Digital Mission, Route-based

It's 1714 and the architect John Vanburgh needs your help to decide if Hampton Court is stylish enough for the new king, George I, to keep.

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This session supports:

  • Using the built environment as source material for understanding how monarchs used to live.
  • Understanding how great artists, architects, designers and crafts people contributed to the palace’s shape, style and design throughout history.
  • Understanding that architectural tastes and fashions conveyed wider messages about power, status and monarchy and that these changed over time.

About Digital Missions

Digital missions are character-led adventures that encourage pupils to navigate and observe the palace spaces while solving challenges on a tablet. They are a self-led resource to support classes to explore the palace independently.

Pupils are encouraged to use the palace as a primary source to weigh historical evidence. Working as part of a team, they will develop their perspective and judgement by exploring particular palace spaces in more detail.

Your school group will be shown a 'How to do a mission' film at the start and issued with one tablet between two pupils.

Booking information

Monday, Tuesday
11.15,12.45, 13.15
One hour
£2.00 per pupil, plus £3.95 admission 

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Classroom resources

Film 1 - Before your visit

Film 2 - After your visit

The Architect's Design Dilemma: Teacher toolkit

Lesson ideas and resources to support your classroom learning before and after your visit.

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Session notes for teachers

Key information about your school visit to Hampton Court Palace.

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