Applying history at the Tower of London

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About this session

Key Stage 3 | Subject: History | Topics: Normans, Medieval, Tudors | Session Type: Object handling

History you can touch! In this session students will investigate objects from across the Tower’s history to analyse the changing uses of this iconic site throughout its thousand-year history.

Through handling a range of primary sources including historic artefacts, students will question what can be gained from the study of physical evidence and to what extent this evidence can be trusted.

Learning objectives

Students will:

  • Review a range of primary evidence to consider the varying functions of the Tower across time.
  • Study the specific value of physical primary evidence and how it creates debate and contrasting arguments about history.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:

  • Understanding the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discerning how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.
  • Understanding how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.

Booking information

Wednesday, Thursday
10.30, 12.00, 13.30
60 minutes
Up to 35 students
£95 plus admission

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