The Normans

Update 27 November: In line with government guidance, the Tower of London will reopen on 3 December.

About this session

Key Stage 4 | Subject: History | Topics: Normans | Session Type: Depth study

Once you’ve conquered what happens next? Charting the arrival and influence of the Normans in England, this session focuses on William the Conqueror's mighty fortress: the White Tower.

Students will examine both physical and documentary primary evidence to consider the roles and importance of the White Tower in Norman England. Through the exploration of themes of conquest, control, society and the Church, students will debate what the structures the Normans left behind can tell us about the people who built them.

Learning objectives

Students will:

  • Explore how the different impacts of the building of the White Tower reflect the different methods used by the Normans to maintain power in England.
  • Study primary evidence in context to explore how it creates debate and contrasting arguments about history.

Exam board links

This session is recommended for those students studying the Normans for the British Depth Study option, including the AQA Historic Environment, and particularly the following exam boards:


  • Paper 2: Shaping the Nation, Section B: Norman England, c1066-c1100.


  • Paper 2: Period study and British depth study B1: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88.


  • Component Group 2: British thematic studies 1000 – c.2010.


  • Component Group 1: British Depth study The Norman Conquest, 1065–1087.


Booking information

Bookings open from 16 November 2020.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
10.30, 13.00
90 minutes
Up to 35 students
£105 plus admission

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