The Norman Tower: 1066 and all that

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About this session

Key Stage 3 | Subject: History | Topics: Normans | Session Type: Route-based

It is 1097 and William I's greatest fortress and palace, the White Tower, has just been completed. 

With the help of one of William's courtiers, students will explore this magnificent keep and the challenges facing the still-precarious Norman court.

Through examination of the exterior and defences students will discover the symbolic power of the great 'Norman fist on Anglo-Saxon soil'.

Learning objectives

Students will:

  • Explore the nature of power and the challenges facing the new king following the Norman Conquest.
  • Extend and apply their knowledge of early castles and defensive features through study of the White Tower.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:

  • The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509.
  • Knowing and understanding the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day.
  • 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

Mondays - Fridays
10.30, 12.00, 13.30
60 minutes
Up to 35 students
£95 plus admission

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Chronology: 1066 and the Norman Tower

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Map: Norman castles

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Key characters: 1066 and the Norman Tower of London

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