Applying history at Hampton Court Palace

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About this session

Key Stage 3 | Subject: History | Topics: Tudors, Stuarts, Georgians | Session Type: Object handling

History in your hands! In this session students will investigate objects from Hampton Court to analyse the changing use and relevance of the palace throughout its history.

Through handling primary sources including historic artefacts, students will question what can be gained from the study of physical evidence and to what extent this evidence can be trusted.

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.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:

  • Understanding the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discerning how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.
  • Knowing and understanding the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day.
  • Understanding how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.

Booking information

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
10.30, 11.45, 13.15
60 minutes
Up to 35 students
£95 plus admission

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Hampton Court Palace artefacts

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