(In)glorious revolution

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 3 | Subject: History | Topics: Stuarts | Session Type: Route-based

The year is 1688 and Britain has been invaded by a foreign prince. How did this Dutch invasion come to be known as the Glorious Revolution? 

In this session students will place themselves in the shoes of the British public to investigate why they invited a foreigner to rule their country.

Students will discover how William of Orange’s arrival changed the face of British politics for centuries, and why Hampton Court was remodelled to rival the French palace of Versailles.

Learning objectives

Students will:

  • Explore key historical concepts such as revolution, invasion and parliamentary power.
  • Analyse how the building work completed during William and Mary’s reign reflected their power and position.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:

  • The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745.
  • 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.
  • Understanding how people's lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.

Booking information

Monday - Friday
10.30, 11.45, 13.15
60 minutes
Up to 35 students
£95 plus admission

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