More than a palace?

Hampton Court in its local environment

Hampton Court in its local 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 3 | Subject: History | Topics: Tudors, Stuarts, Georgians | Session Type: Study day

500 years of history happened here! In this session, students will explore how the palace has changed in both use and appearance over the centuries, from the Tudor beginnings to its modern day use.

This depth study challenges students to develop their skills of historical enquiry, using primary source materials including historic artefacts and paintings to understand how the changes to the palace reflect the shifting priorities seen in local and national history.

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 how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.
  • Understanding historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and using them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends and frame historically-valid questions.
  • 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.

Booking information

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
2.5 hours
Up to 35 students
£190 plus admission

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Session notes for teachers

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