The Commandery, a Sandford Award winning heritage site, is the perfect place to bring local and national history to life. It is the very place where, in 1651, the decisive battle at the end of the civil war took place, ending the rule of the monarchy in England.
The Commandery offers a whole host of award winning hands-on activities and workshops for all ages. Young learners can discover what life was like during Tudor times and explore the arms & armour used during the English Civil Wars. Also, groups can enjoy a hosted walk around the city and, using historic maps of Worcester, discuss the events of the battle and its impact upon local and national history.
From initial enquiry, right through to the day of the visit, our experienced museum learning team will work with and support you to ensure that you and your group enjoy a trip that is curriculum-focussed, fun and memorable.
Our team prides itself on ensuring our sessions are adapted to needs of all learners, so do please enquire about how our sessions could be tailored to suit your group. Teachers are also welcome to our sites to do a complimentary visit prior to any school booking.
The English Civil Wars
Arms and Armour: a hands-on activity covering the role of the common soldier (The Pikeman, Musketeer and Cavalry Officer) with a chance to see weaponry and armour
City Walk: A guided walk through the city of Worcester highlighting landmarks of the Battle of Worcester 1651, the last battle of the English Civil Wars
Fort Royal Visit Information: Using a combination of contemporary maps of the City of Worcester and a visit to Fort Royal Park with excellent views of the surrounding landscape, this is an illustrated talk about the events of the Battle of Worcester 1651
Life in the Baggage Train: An illustrated and hands-on activity explaining a Civil War Baggage Train, the equipment used and the diversity of people involved in the organisation of an army including women, preachers, and surgeons etc. The session uses reproduction period costume to discuss on the life of a seventeenth century soldier and the role of women during the war, and the key role of the Barber Surgeon.
Pike Drill and Cannon Loading: Comprised of two hands-on activities that provide the opportunity to experience training in how to handle a pike and load and fire a cannon.
Building Detectives: An investigative activity providing children with the opportunity to learn how to look for clues on the construction of a timber-framed building.
Candles and Quills: A hands-on activity that discusses aspects of daily life under the Tudor monarchs, and how an individual's status could affect even the most basic needs, and schooling.
Clothes and Costume: A practical demonstration during which pupils will learn how people's social status was reflected in their clothing
We can cater for a maximum of 60 children in one day.
We have a purpose built education space.
We have a first-aider on site.
The museum and education facilities are fully accessible.
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