King beneath the armour

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About this session

Key Stage 2 | Subject: History, English | Topics: Tudors | Session Type: Exploring evidence, Classroom-based

This classroom-based session examines one of England's most famous kings, none other than King Henry VIII himself: king, sportsman and Tudor superstar!

Led by a costumed presenter, children will handle King Henry VIII's replica armour and use group discussion and enquiry skills to discover more about the man behind the metal.

Learning objectives

Children will:

  • Discover how artefacts can tell us something about the life of a person in the past.
  • Understand how Henry VIII’s armour is linked to important periods in his reign.
  • Learn about key pieces of armour, how they were worn and how they were made.

National Curriculum Links


  • The lives of significant individuals (King Henry VIII).
  • Developing skills of historical interpretation and enquiry.
  • Understanding of how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.

Booking information

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
10.30, 12.00, 13.30
60 minutes
Up to 35 children
£95 plus admission

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