The prisoner's perilous plot

Digital mission

Digital mission

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About this session

Key Stage 2 | Subject: History | Topics: Tudors, Crime and Punishment | Session Type: Digital Mission

It's 1611 and William Seymour has been imprisoned in the Tower. Help William Seymour's loyal wife Arbella try and free him. She is under house arrest so desperately needs your assistance to help him escape. 

You will need to work out where William is held, how tough the Tower’s defences are and what seemingly innocent items William could use in his escape. Be careful! If the guards get suspicious, Arbella might never see her husband again.

Learning objectives

Children will:

  • Understand the Tower’s role as a prison, and the kind of prisoners that were kept there.
  • Examine the features of the Tower that made it a good prison.
  • Gather clues, and use information given, to devise a plan to help a prisoner escape.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:


  • Encouraging pupils to use the Tower of London as a primary source of historical evidence.

About Digital missions

Digital missions are character-led adventures that encourage children to navigate and observe the Tower spaces while solving challenges on a tablet. They are a self-led resource to support classes to explore the Tower independently.

Children are encouraged to use the palace as a primary source to weigh historical evidence. Working as part of a team, they will develop their perspective and judgement by exploring particular palace spaces in more detail.

Please note that this session is only partly facilitated. Groups will be given instructions at the start of the session and issued with one tablet between two or three pupils. The mission is designed to be self-led and supervised by group leaders.

Booking information

11.15 and 12.45
Approximately 75 minutes
£2 per child, plus £3.95 admission

Please note that this session involves the use of stairs and may not be suitable for students with restricted mobility.

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Classroom resources

Film 1 - Before your visit

Film 2 - After your visit

The Prisoner's Perilous Plot: Teacher toolkit

Lesson ideas and resources to support your classroom learning before and after your visit.

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Session notes for teachers

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