A level sessions

The Wolsey Closet. Detail of the ceiling richly decorated with gilded Renaissance motifs and coloured badges incorporating the Tudor rose

Wars of the Roses

While the Wars of the Roses raged, the Tower of London was not only a royal palace, but also a symbol of legitimate rule. But can we trust this symbol?

Key stage 5
Subject: History
Topics: Medieval, War and Conflict
Session type: Depth study

Detail of Henry VIII stained glass from the west window in The Great Hall

Henry VIII: Supremacy and rebellion

Students will analyse physical and documentary evidence to consider the role of the Tower of London as a reflection of both the domination and destabilisation of Henry VIII throughout his reign.

Key stage 5
Subject: History
Topics: Tudors
Session type: Depth study

A live interpreter dressed as a Tudor Lady and a Live Interpreter dressed as a Tudor Gentlemen are kneeling on either side of a padlocked chest in the Great Watching Chamber. They are arguing.

Mid-Tudor crisis

Succession for the taking? The Mid-Tudor period saw the stability of the monarchy and its future legacies thrown into question. To what extent does the history of the Tower reflect the turbulence of these years?

Key stage 5
Subject: History
Topics: Tudors, Crime and Punishment
Session type: Depth study