Brand new education sessions launched at the Royal Armouries, Leeds - Wednesday, 28 September 2011
The Royal Armouries in Leeds launches a new hands-on, interactive schools programme today (September 28), building on the Sandford Award winning sessions of previous years.
Led by the Museum’s new Visitor Experience Team, the sessions will bring history to life for pupils and teachers alike in a stimulating out-of-classroom setting.
Each education session is made up of two distinctive parts – Hands on History, allowing pupils to examine evidence and handle real and replica items – and discover@ which allows young people to step back in time and enjoy activities such as basic sword fighting or First World War drills.
Museum Creative Director Peter Armstrong said, “The Royal Armouries is a great place to study times gone by as pupils can get up close to hundreds of exhibits, and learn about their roles in England’s long and illustrious history.
For example, children learning about the Tudors can see Henry VIII’s personal armours, and his famous horned helmet. Seeing and learning about these exhibits, close up, helps bring history to life in the most memorable and compelling way.”
The Royal Armouries will offer the following four subjects – with more topics set to follow:
- The Tudors Key Stage (KS) 2 – learn about that most colourful of kings, Henry VIII, in our Tournament Gallery.
- The Middle Ages KS3 – discover the age of the Medieval Knight, through handling sessions, plus the chance to have a go at sword fighting and brass rubbing.
- The English Civil Wars KS3 – Wear helmets, breastplates, try your hand at pike and musket drills and learn about the fight to save the king.
- First World War KS3 – Investigate the horrors of trench warfare and the realities of war, handle rifles, bayonets and discover how recruits were trained.
The new education sessions are available to book now and run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during term times.
Each session costs £5 per pupil and lasts 90 minutes.
To book, please contact our bookings officer:
Tel: 0113 220 1888
Visit www.royalarmouries.org for more details and teachers’ notes.
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Notes to editors
- Royal Armouries is the national museum of arms and armour and has sites in Leeds, HM Tower of London, Fort Nelson and Louisville, Kentucky. It is the first British national museum to open a permanent presence in another country
- Admission to the museum is free. However, there may be a small charge for some special events.
- Open all year daily, 10am-5pm. Closed 24-25 December
- Information Line: 0113 220 1999
- Website: www.royalarmouries.org
- The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business.