Study Day - Henry VIII: Supremacy and rebellion

In partnership with National Portrait Gallery

In partnership with National Portrait Gallery

Updated 20 July. The Tower of London is now open Wednesday - Sunday. All outdoor areas of the Tower of London are open, as well as the Crown Jewels and the White Tower. All other buildings remain closed. We hope to see you soon.

About this session

Key Stage 5 | Subject: History | Topics: Tudors, Crime and Punishment | Session Type: Depth Study

The reign of King Henry VIII saw cataclysmic changes for both church and nation. As a palace, a prison and a place of execution the Tower of London played a crucial role in re-shaping Henry VIII's England. 

Students will analyse physical and documentary evidence to consider the role of the Tower as a reflection of both the domination and destabilisation of Henry VIII throughout his reign. From economic strife to religious unrest, the varied functions of Henry’s Tower allow students to evaluate this complex king.

This study day will also include a session on using portraiture as historical evidence at the National Portrait Gallery.

Exam board links

This session has been designed to complement the study of the Mid-Tudor period, and particularly the following exam boards:


  • Unit 1C The Tudors: England, 1485–1603.


  • Paper 1, Option 1B: England, 1509–1603: Authority, nation and religion and
  • Paper 3 Option 31: Themes in breadth with aspects in depth: Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, 1485–1603.


  • Unit 1Y106: England 1485–1558: the Early Tudors.


  • Unit 1 (AS): Option 1: Government, rebellion and society in Wales and England C.1485-1603.
  • Unit 3 (A2): Poverty, protest and rebellion in Wales and England, c.1485-1603.


Booking information

Friday 7 Feb 2020 - SOLD OUT
Friday 27 March 2020
Friday 3 April 2020
4.5 hours (10.30-15.00)
Up to 30 students
£12.58 per student

If you plan to bring 11 students or fewer a minimum price of £151 will be charged for your group.

Please contact us on 020 3166 6646 to check availability and arrange a booking.

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