Archive for August, 2010
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On Saturday 4th September, the Tower will host family activities based around the theme of coronation. All will have the chance to create their own coronation oaths, as well as design their own crowns and robes. There will also be badge making and portrait drawing.
We subscribe to the BBC History magazine at the Tower Education Service and over the last few months the editor has been stoking an argument about History teaching in school. In short, it’s the age-old argument about whether teaching should be about the regurgitation of facts or analysis and understanding. You can read more about the [...]
On Saturday 7th August, over 150 people took part in our family learning activities based on the theme of “home.” Families of all ages enjoyed creating their own animal masks (the Tower used to house a zoo!) as well as prisoner inscriptions inspired by those in the Beauchamp tower.
Almost one thousand years have passed since the Norman invasion of 1066 and while it’s clear England didn’t inherit the French idea of food, we still have a penchant for Norman names. Click here to read all about it.
There are few documents that describe the torture at the Tower. One of the most gripping is in The Autobiography of an Elizabethan by John Gerard, a Jesuit, tortured during the reign of Elizabeth I. “We went to the torture-room in a kind of solemn procession, the attendants walking ahead with lighted candles.
We don’t have school groups visiting the Tower in August but the admin team continue to be busy – some teachers are more organised in their planning than in the past and have already made bookings for the autumn term and even beyond. The Germans, who traditionally come in large numbers in September and October, are making their [...]