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Elizabethan prisoners

Imprisonment, execution and escape

Imprisonment, execution and escape

About this session

Key stage 3 | Subject: History | Topics: Tudors, Elizabethans, Crime and punishment | Session Type: Route-based

Taking a look inside the spaces used as prison cells, students will discover signs of prisoners' treatment, their beliefs and their methods of potential escape. Through the unique conditions in which Elizabethan religious prisoners lived and died, students will hear the stories of some of the real people affected by the shifting tides of religion during this turbulent period in British history.

Learning objectives

Students will:

  • Investigate why people were imprisoned and punished for religious reasons during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
  • Consider how and why the experiences of different prisoners varied at the Tower of London during the Elizabethan period.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:

  • The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745.
  • Understanding how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.
  • Understanding historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and using them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends and frame historically-valid questions.

Booking Information

Monday - Friday
10.30, 12.00, 13.30

60 minutes

Up to 35 students

£100 plus admission

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