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A-Level

Sessions for Key Stage 5 students

The White Tower's Norman row of windows on it's south side at the Tower of London

The Normans

Charting the arrival and influence of the Normans in England, this session focuses on William the Conqueror's mighty fortress: the White Tower.

A-Level
Subject: History
Topic: Normans
Session Type:
Depth Study

Live interpreters in the Medieval Palace at the Tower of London.

Medieval

Investigate the turbulent years of the Angevin period.

A-Level
Subject: History
Topics: Medieval, Angevins, War and Conflict
Session Type:Depth Study

Gauntlets inspired by Gothic armour popular during the late 15th century. Fully articulated and constructed from polished steel.

War of the Roses and Henry VII

While the Wars of the Roses raged, the Tower of London was used as a symbol of legitimate rule. 

A-Level
Subject: History
Topics: Medieval, War and Conflict
Session Type:Depth Study

Detail of the stained-glass in the west window showing a likeness of King Henry VIII in the Great Hall. The glass was installed in 1845 to the designs of Thomas Willement.

Henry VIII

 As a palace, a prison and a place of execution the Tower of London played a crucial role in re-shaping Henry VIII's England. 

A-Level
Subject: History
Topics: Tudors, Crime and Punishment
Session Type: Depth Study

Illustration of King Edward VI

Mid-Tudor Crisis

The Mid-Tudor period saw the stability of the monarchy thrown into question. The Tower of London was most extensively used as a prison.

A-Level
Subject: History
Topics: Tudors, Crime and Punishment
Session Type: Depth Study

Illustration of Queen Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I

In 1559, Elizabeth I returned to the Tower under very different circumstances for her coronation after having been imprisoned there by her sister Queen Mary I.

A-Level
Subject: History
Topics: Elizabethans, Tudors
Session Type: Depth Study

Charles I (1600-1649), The young prince wears a russet satin gown with hanging sleeves, trimmed with velvet, embroidered with gold thread and lined with lynx fur.   Sir Anthony van Dyck, Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Civil War

Charles I's reign ushered a long and bloody civil war between the King and Parliament. Once again the Tower was one of the King's most important assets.

A-Level
Subject: History
Topics: Stuarts, War and Conflict
Session Type:Depth Study 

St Thomas's Tower. Reconstruction of the king's bedchamber in the medieval palace as it might have appeared during the reign of King Edward I (1272-1307).

Power and Patronage

Discover how Richard II used art and portraiture to invigorate his public image as a powerful and devout king.

A-Level
Subject: History of Art
Topics: Medieval
Session Type: Depth Study

St Thomas's Tower. Reconstruction of the king's bedchamber in the medieval palace as it might have appeared during the reign of King Edward I (1272-1307).

Visual Analysis

Visit the Medieval Palace to discover its materials, pattern and decoration. Explore the history of religious, secular and national symbols of the monarchy.

A-Level
Subject: History of Art
Topics: Medieval
Session Type: Depth Study