Our History A Level students had a wonderful (if long and cold!) visit to the Tower of London.
The visit’s purpose was to enrich students’ learning experiences and develop their understanding by visiting a key historical site linked to their A level British depth study on the Wars of the Roses. The main session, led by Tower staff, had the students analysing the Tower’s role in cementing the reigns of both Yorkist and Lancastrian kings, through its functions as royal palace, makeshift prison and execution site. They also examined the Tower buildings and documentary evidence to evaluate how far they can trust both the physical remains and the layers of different interpretations, past and present, relating to this period of civil discord.
They also had some time to investigate the Tower themselves, exploring where the bodies of the ‘Princes in the Tower’ are said to have been discovered and the execution and burial sites of Henry VIII’s most famous wife, Anne Boleyn. Many also took up the opportunity to see the Crown Jewels.
Special thanks to KSHS for organising the event for the Sleaford Joint Sixth Form students.