An Insight into Tudor Life

October 2017:

A group of students recently visited an Elizabethan masterpiece, Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire. Hardwick Hall is well recognised as an architecturally significant Elizabethan country house, a leading example of the Elizabethan prodigy house.

As part of the Year 11 History GCSE, the history department organised a visit to Hardwick Hall which has been specified as the site for the historic environment part of the Elizabethan England unit of work. Students were able to experience first-hand an Elizabethan manor house and the role they played in society.

The Year 11 historians enjoyed an immersive half-day session that gave them a real insight into life during Tudor times as guests of Bess of Hardwick. An engaging experience, students were able to wander through Bess' private rooms and handle Tudor objects.

Bess of Hardwick was the second richest woman in England, having risen from lowly Gentry status through 4 marriages. By all accounts she was likeable and witty and had considerable business acumen. This enabled her to build the hall in her 60s and furnish it to a luxurious and extravagant standard.

History teacher, Ms Jamie-Lee Richter, said “The Year 11s were super on the trip where we travelled to the Elizabethan period at Hardwick Hall. They enjoyed seeing all aspects of their classroom learning come to life. They now need to pull all their research together ready for their GCSE exam.”

Mr Alex Hren, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s, added: “Visits like these provide a very valuable experience for our students and enhance the learning curriculum. This was a wonderful visit which provided masses of inspiration; the visit provided a unique opportunity for our students to produce primary research to support their classwork.”

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