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Crime and punishment

about this session

Key stage 2 | Subject: History | Topics: Normans, Medieval, Tudors | Session Type: Route-based

As one of the world’s most infamous prisons, the Tower of London has seen many people locked within the fortress walls. But who exactly was imprisoned here? And what conditions did they live in?

In this session, children will put themselves into a prisoner’s shoes. A costumed presenter will recount exciting stories from the Tower’s dark history, whilst exploring some of the historic spaces originally used to hold prisoners.

Learning objectives

Children will:

  • Increase their knowledge of the Tower of London as a prison.
  • Come to understand the role of a state prison in the past and how this compares to prisons today.
  • Appreciate the reality of historical events studied in the classroom by placing them within the context of where the events took place.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:

  • An extended period study, e.g. Crime and Punishment.
  • Significant turning points in British history.

Booking Information

Monday - Friday
10.30, 12.00, 13.30

Due to planned conservation work this session will have restricted availability from January -March 2024. If you wish to visit in the spring term and are studying crime & punishment through the ages our Pirate Prisoners session would be a great alternative.

60 minutes

Up to 35 children

£100 plus admission

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