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Year 12 Trip to Hampton Court Palace

On the 31st January, a group of Year 12 History students visited Hampton Court Palace. The trip included an enlightening workshop on the Reformation of the church under Henry VIII, a tour of the palace and an opportunity to observe architecture and art from the Tudor era.

"The Reformation workshop was of direct relevance to the A Level History curriculum, focusing on the driving forces behind the break with Rome and its consequences. The activity enabled us to strengthen our knowledge and to experience the environment of these events, providing a sense of authenticity. It was beneficial to be surrounded by paintings and artefacts which we will be analysing.

The afternoon activities involved touring the rooms within Hampton Court, particularly the Great Hall. The magnificent ceilings and tapestries created the vivid atmosphere in which Henry VIII would have lived, each intricate detail offering contextual significance and resonance.

Despite the cold and wet weather, the gardens were strikingly beautiful and we enjoyed wandering around the maze and admiring the scenic views.

Our visit to Hampton Court ultimately offered an interactive and energetic approach to learning about the early Tudors. It was informative, inspiring and is an extremely worthwhile trip to anyone interested in history."

Nell Swallow (Year 12)