Wars of the Roses

In partnership with National Portrait Gallery

In partnership with National Portrait Gallery

About this session

Key Stage 5 | Subject: History | Topics: Medieval, War and Conflict | Session Type: Depth Study

While the Wars of the Roses raged, the Tower of London stood as a symbol of legitimate rule. But can we trust those symbols?

In this session, students will analyse the Tower’s role in cementing the reigns of both Yorkist and Lancastrian kings, through its functions as royal palace, makeshift prison and execution site.

Students will examine the Tower buildings and documentary evidence to evaluate how far they can trust both the physical remains and the layers of different interpretations, past and present, relating to this period of civil discord.

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 the Wars of the Roses, and particularly the following exam boards:


  • Unit 2B: 'The Wars of the Roses, 1450-1499'.


  • Paper 3 Option 30: Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII, 1399–1509.


  • Unit Y105: England 1445–1509: Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII (Enquiry topic: Wars of the Roses 1445–1461).

Booking information

Friday 12 October 2018
Friday 16 November 2018
Friday 11 January 2019
Friday 8 February 2019
Friday 16 March 2019
Friday 26 April 2019
4.5 hours
Up to 35 pupils
£12.58 per pupil

If you plan to bring 11 students or fewer a minimum price of £151 will be charged for your group. 

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