Power and politics

Updated 30 July. Following government guidance, the castle and gardens at Hillsborough Castle are now open Thursday-Sunday. Please read our visit information.

About this session

Key Stage 2 | Subject: The World Around Us, Personal Development & Mutual Understanding | Topic: Conflict & Resolution, Georgians | Session Type: Route-based 

A long-standing disagreement between two powerful families threatens everyone’s happiness. What would you do to solve the dispute of 'who is most powerful'?

Students will meet a costumed presenter portraying a member of the Hill family at the centre of a dispute between the Hills and the Stewarts, regarding power and standing in the community.

As they explore the State Rooms students will investigate the idea of power, where it comes from, and how it is symbolised. They will discover the consequences of an abuse of power, uncover the origins of Parliament and help their host decide how to solve the disagreement between two great Anglo-Irish families.

Learning objectives

Children will:

• Learn that Hillsborough Castle is both a home and a place of political importance.
• Learn that power is displayed and symbolised in many different ways.
 Learn that we can look to the past to help us solve problems today.
 Learn how Parliament came to be.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:

 Exploring how people and places have changed over time.
 Exploring causes of conflict and appropriate responses.
 Students to recognise the importance of democratic decision making.

Booking information

2019-2020 Academic Year

Monday to Wednesday
10.30, 11:45

60 minutes

Up to 32 children


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