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Learning for secondary students

History tours, workshops and events

The tours, workshops and events listed below are suitable for Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, and Key Stage 5 classes, and focus on different aspects of history covered by the National Curriculum.

Secondary history tours, workshops and events


Workshops

If you want to make a booking, please email us including the following information:

  • The title of the workshop you wish to book for
  • Your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of date and start time
  • Number of students and adults attending

For more details on visiting us, please read our information pack.


Remembering the Wars

Workshop for KS3 and KS4 students

Tour the Abbey to learn about the Unknown Warrior and the impact of conflicts on the Abbey. Unpick a sonnet to explore language choices made by Wilfred Owen and Rupert Brooke.

Cost: £5 per pupil (includes a tour of the Abbey)
Recommended start times: 10.00am and 12.45pm


Abbey Through Time

Tour for KS3, KS4 and KS5 students

See the highlights of the Abbey including the Coronation Chair, the Unknown Warrior and the beautiful Lady Chapel.

Cost: £4 per pupil


Church & State

Tour for KS3, KS4 and KS5 students

See where Parliament met in medieval times and explore the historical and contemporary links between the Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.

Cost: £4 per pupil


British Values

Tour for KS3 students

Democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, respect and tolerance – with a dose of wonder! Find out how Westminster Abbey underpins and upholds core British values.

Cost: £4 per pupil


Henry III: Piety and Patronage

Tour for KS5 students

Find out what inspired Henry III to spend one tenth of the nation’s wealth on the building of Westminster Abbey. Students will discover Henry’s devotion to Saint Edward the Confessor and find out what it meant to be a medieval patron of the arts. They will also visit the Chapter House, scene of Simon de Montfort’s first parliament.

Cost: £4 per pupil


Enquiring into Elizabeth

Tour for KS4 and KS5 students

Discover how Westminster Abbey reflects the Elizabethan Religious Settlement, and visit the site of the Disputation which brought about the compromise that still characterises the Church of England.

This session can also be booked as part of a joint offer with The National Archives at Kew. Students spend half the day examining original documents and other treasures from their collections, in a hands-on workshop. At the Abbey, they have a guided tour using the building as a historical source to complete their enquiry.

Cost: £4 per pupil


Henry VII: Building a Legacy

Tour for KS4 and KS5 students

Find out how Henry VII established and consolidated his dynasty with this in-depth look at his plans for the Lady Chapel and the Shrine of Edward the Confessor. Tour includes rare access to his tomb.

Cost: £4 per pupil


The Pre-Reformation Church, 1529

Tour for KS4 and KS5 students

Examine the state of the church in 1529 to set the scene for the Reformation. Themes such as church fabric and wealth, religious doctrine and practice, criticisms of the monasteries and popular Catholicism are explored within the context of Westminster Abbey, a Benedictine monastery until 1540.

This session can also be booked as part of a joint offer with The National Archives at Kew. Students spend half the day examining original documents and other treasures from their collections, in a hands-on workshop. At the Abbey, they have a guided tour using the building as a historical source to complete their enquiry.

Cost: £4 per pupil


The work can be tough, but even the cold and rain don’t bother me as I enjoy it so much. I love every day that I spend at the Abbey – just being here makes me smile.

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Tim - Gardener

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