Study Day - Wars of the Roses

In partnership with London Metropolitan Archives

In partnership with London Metropolitan Archives

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 contemporary documents from the period at the London Metropolitan Archives.

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


Booking information

Thursday 17 October 2019
Thursday 28 November 2019
Thursday 23 January 2020
Thursday 7 February 2020
Thursday 5 March 2020
Thursday 19 March 2020
4.5 hours
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.

Please contact us on 020 3166 6646 to check availability and arrange a booking.

Session notes for teachers

Key information for your school visit to the Tower of London.

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