Inventors and innovation

Updated 2 July. Following government guidance, some of the outdoor spaces at Hampton Court Palace are now open Wednesday-Sunday. Palace interiors will reopen 17 July. The Magic Garden and Maze remain closed. Please read our visit information

About this session

Key Stage 2 | Subject: History, Design & Technology, Art & Design | Topics: Tudors, Stuarts, Georgians | Session Type: Route-based

Led by a Georgian costumed presenter, children will use the palace as a primary source to inspire their own hypotheses on what constitutes an invention. They will see the breadth of innovation at Hampton Court Palace during the Tudor, Stuart and Georgian eras in this route-based session.

Learning objectives

Children will:

  • Discover that innovation is a continuum over time with knowledge and discovery passed from the past to the present.
  • Analyse how inventors and innovators generate, hone and implement their ideas.
  • Create their own hypothesis around what constitutes an invention.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:


  • Extending chronological knowledge beyond 1066 (legacy of art/architecture).
  • Understanding the methods of historical enquiry, how evidence is used to make historical claims. 

Design and Technology

  • Understanding how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world.

Art and Design 

  • Learning about great artists, architects and designers in history.

Booking information

Monday - Wednesday
10.45, 12.45 
90 minutes
Up to 35 pupils
£105 plus admission

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