Crime and Punishment through the Ages

About this session

Key Stage 2 | Subject: History, English, Drama  | Topics: Crime and Punishment | Session Type: Route-Based

Despite not having been built as a prison, the Tower of London has, over the centuries, acquired a fearsome reputation as one of England's most notorious prisons.

In this session, pupils will put themselves into the shoes of a prisoner at the Tower. Where would they have been locked up? What was the Tower like for a prisoner? What crime might they have committed?

Pupils will think critically, ask perceptive questions and hear exciting stories of the Tower's dark history, told by a costumed presenter. Pupils can explore some of the historic space originally used to hold prisoners.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:

  • Extending chronological knowledge of significant events in British history beyond 1066.
  • The study of changes in an aspect of social history, such as crime and  punishment from the Anglo-Saxons to the present.
  • Developing enquiry skills by exploring the historical environment through storytelling.
  • Pupils will recognise and draw comparisons between their own experience and the lives of people in the past.

Learning outcomes

  • To understand that the Tower was used as a prison for those committing crimes against the monarch.
  • To discover how prisoners in the Tower were treated, and how treatment was dependent on status and wealth.

Booking information

Monday to Friday
10.30, 12.00, 13.30
50 minutes
Up to 35 students
£93 plus admission

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