GCSE sessions

Updated 5 August. The Tower of London is open Wednesday - Sunday. All outdoor areas of the Tower of London are open, as well as the Crown Jewels, Bloody Tower, White Tower and more. Some buildings remain closed for now. See more details here

Engraving of a combined plan and bird's-eye view of the Tower of London prepared in 1597.

The Tower in context: Reading the historic environment

Critically examine primary source material to test how far this site reflects the changes in local and national history.

Key Stage 4
Subject: History
Topics: Normans, Tudors, Historic Environment
Session Type: Depth study

White Tower at the Tower of London in daylight. North East side.

The Normans

A Norman fist on Anglo-Saxon soil? Charting the arrival and influence of the Normans in England, this session focuses on analysing the Tower buildings, including William the Conqueror's mighty fortress: the White Tower. 

Key Stage 4
Subject: History 
Topics: Normans
Session Type: Depth study

Illustration depicting Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603) on her way to St Paul's Cathedral on 24 November 1588 to give thanks for England's victory over the Spanish Armada

Elizabeth I

Students will examine the Tower buildings and documentary evidence to reflect whether the Tower can be used as a barometer of national turmoil through crises, plots and religious unrest of this complex queen.

Key Stage 4
Subject: History
Topics: Elizabethans, Tudors
Session Type: Depth study