Civil War

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About this session

Key Stage 5 | Subject: History | Topics: Stuarts, War and Conflict | Session Type: Depth study

If the Tower falls, London falls? The Civil War saw the beginning of significant adjustments to the Tower’s defences as the loyalties of Londoners came under question. In this session students will explore the symbolic and physical importance of the Tower through the fluctuating success of the Royalist and Parliamentarian factions.

Through analysis of the Tower buildings and documentary evidence, students will examine the shifts of popular support over the course of the conflict and evaluate how far the Tower’s status reflected the rise and fall of both King Charles I’s Cavaliers and Oliver Cromwell’s Roundheads.

Exam board links

This session has been designed to complement the study of the Civil War, and particularly the following exam boards:


  • Unit 1D Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy, 1603–1702.
  • Unit 2E The English Revolution, 1625–1660.


  • Paper 1, Option 1C: Britain, 1625–1701: conflict, revolution and settlement.


  • Unit 1 Y108: The Early Stuarts and the Origins of the Civil War 1603–1660 British Period Study: The Early Stuarts 1603–1646.


  • Unit 2 – Option 2: Royalty, rebellion and republic c.1625-1660.
  • Unit 3 - Option 4: Royalty, revolution and restoration in Wales and England c.1603-1715.

Booking information

Monday, Tuesday, Friday 
10.30, 13.00
90 minutes
Up to 35 students
£12.58 per student
If you plan to bring 11 students or fewer a minimum price of £151 will be charged for your group.

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