How glorious was the Glorious Revolution of 1688?

About this session

Key Stage 3 | Subject: History | Topics: Stuarts | Session Type: Route-based and classroom

It is 1688, and a Dutch prince and his English wife have been invited by Parliament to sit on the throne of England. There had been no fighting, but a revolution had taken place.

In this session students will explore the royal apartments of William and Mary, using the physical evidence of the buildings to analyse the power and influence of the new joint monarchs. They will discover how and why a foreign prince came to be invited to rule England, and will investigate how his arrival changed the face of British politics for centuries.

Learning objectives

Students will:

  • Explore key historical concepts such as revolution, invasion, parliamentary power and the Bill of Rights.
  • Analyse how the transformation of Kensington Palace during William and Mary’s reign reflected their power and influence.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:

  • The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745 – the Restoration, ‘Glorious Revolution’ and power of Parliament.
  • 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.
  • Knowing and understanding the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.

Booking information

Availability - New from April 2020
10.30, 12.30
90 minutes
Up to 35 pupils
£105, plus admission

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