Study Day: Elizabeth I

In partnership with National Portrait Gallery

In partnership with National Portrait Gallery

About this session

Key Stage 5 | Subject: History | Topics: Elizabethans, Tudors | Session Type: Study Day Partnership

A window into men’s souls? Elizabeth experienced the Tower of London as both prisoner and princess, but her most potent legacy comes from the physical memories created by those held on religious charges during her reign.

In this session students will analyse the evidence of the Tower buildings, Queen Elizabeth I’s own letters and other documentary sources.

Through the physical remains of prison and palace, students will evaluate how far the Tower of London reflects a state national turmoil through succession crises, assassination plots and religious unrest during the apparent ‘Golden Age’ of this complex queen.

This study day will also include a session on using portraiture as historical evidence at the National Portrait Gallery.

Exam board links

This session has been designed to complement the study of Elizabeth I’s reign, and particularly the following exam boards:


  • Unit 1C: The Tudors: England, 1485–1603.


  • Paper 1, Option 1B: England, 1509–1603: Authority, nation and religion and
  • Paper 3, Option 31: Themes in breadth with aspects in depth:Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, 1485–1603.


  • Unit 1 Y107 England 1547–1603: the Later Tudors (Enquiry topic: Mid Tudor Crises 1547–1558).


  • Unit 1 (AS): Option 1: Government, Rebellion and Society In Wales and England C.1485-1603
  • Unit 4 (A2): Part 2: Challenges facing Mary and Elizabeth c.1553-1570.

Booking information

Friday 11 Oct 2019
Friday 1 Nov 2019
Friday 7 Feb 2020
Friday 27 March 2020
Friday 3 April 2020
4.5 hours (10.30-15.00)
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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