Tudor Kitchens Revealed

About this session

Key Stage 3 | Subject: History | Topics: Tudors | Session Type: Route-based

It’s 1544 and Henry VIII is at Hampton Court with his new queen – Katherine Parr. Running a Tudor Court is a difficult and expensive job, not least because they are all expecting dinner! Rivalries simmered in the hot kitchens, with people vying for the best jobs running Henry VIII’s household.

In the heart of the Tudor kitchens, students will explore behind the scenes stories of how the Tudor court was run, the realities of a Tudor diet, and the real cost of Henry’s extravagant court.

Learning Objectives
Students will:

  • Investigate the benefits and difficulties in being part Henry VIII’s court through the lens of their kitchens
  • Explore the relationship between power, wealth, social status and food in the Tudor Court

National Curriculum Links
This session supports:

  • The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745.
  • 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

Booking information

Monday to Friday
10.30, 11.45, 13.15
One hour
Up to 35 pupils
£95 plus admission

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