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Pirate Prisoners

about this session

Key stage 2 | Subject: History  | Topics: Tudors, Stuarts, trade and migration | Session Type: Route-based

From a hill overlooking the River Thames, the Tower has seen many people come and go over the centuries. The river has been used for trade, migration, exploration and crime.

Join us to learn more about how to become a pirate or, if you can secure Royal backing, a privateer. Discover the fates of two ‘pirate’ prisoners- Sir Walter Raleigh and Alice Tankerville- and how differences in wealth and status marked out their lives, their imprisonment and even their deaths.

Learning objectives

Children will:

  • Increase their knowledge of the Tower of London as a prison.
  • Develop their understanding of empire and the part that trade and migration played in its expansion.
  • Appreciate the reality of historic events studied in the classroom by placing them in the context of where the events took place .

National Curriculum links

This session supports:

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

Booking information

Monday – Friday
10.30, 12.00, 13.30

60 minutes

Up to 35 children

£100 plus admission

We also offer this session tailored for groups with a large proportion of moderate learning difficulties.

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