Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre
With a specialist team of educators, Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre is an ideal venue for school visits. Discover how the events of 22 August 1485 changed history forever, when the Plantagenet reign ended and the Tudor dynasty began with Richard III losing his life and crown. Sessions cover the story of this dramatic event and the fascinating discovery of the true location of Bosworth Battlefield, with costumed characters, film footage, interactive displays and real battle artefacts. In addition, with new evidence discovered of a Roman temple onsite, we also deliver a Roman Day with Boudicca and a Roman soldier. All of our sessions are delivered onsite and nearly all of them are delivered as part of the outreach programme.
You can book on to our sessions from only £2.50 per pupil and bring your family to the site for FREE for a pre-visit.
Why are Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre great for School Trips and Educational Visits?
‘I took my class to visit the site today. We booked three separate activities throughout the day: History detectives, Bosworth soldier and the guided tour through the exhibition. I would highly recommend the soldier and the exhibition tour to any school looking to visit and anybody with a keen interest of the battle of Bosworth and the Tudor times that followed after. Eddie was a fantastic tour guide and kept my class so engaged and enthused throughout the entire session. The amount of hands-on activities was fantastic and his knowledge and expertise was brilliant. The Bosworth soldier was equally as great and my class absolutely loved seeing all of the weapons and learning about how they would have been used. We had the Boar cabin booked for our lunch which was a great place to keep my class, especially as it was raining all day! All staff are incredibly friendly and helpful throughout the day which made the visit fantastic. Highly recommend!’ Teacher, 12th March 2018
What activities are available during group visits?
The tour of the award-winning exhibition brings to life the story of the Battle of Bosworth and this fascinating period of history. One of Bosworth’s knowledgeable guides will bring the events of the battle to life through lively interpretation and objects on the guided walks of the Battlefield Trail. In our History Detectives session, pupils become detectives using deductive skills and reasoning to see what they can learn from archaeological discoveries and historical objects. Meet living history interpreters to find out about the lives of soldiers, archers, and their wives, and the barber surgeon. Discover armour, weapons and combat techniques through lively demonstrations, object handling and activities. Learn how those who were injured were treated and find out what it was really like for those involved in the battle. And tying in with the discovery of a Roman temple with military associations near the site, explore the reality of life in Roman Britain recreated in a full day of activities which bring history to life.
What size groups do you cater for?
The site can cater for a group of up to 120 pupils on one day.
Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?
We have two learning spaces, the exhibition and the Battlefield Trail located outside.
Is there first aid on site?
Due to the nature of the site, schools are required to bring their own first aider and equipment.
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
Yes, we have two disabled toilets.
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
We tailor our sessions to cater for a mixture of special educational needs.
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre School Programme has been awarded the Sandford Award, an independently judged, quality assured assessment of education programmes.
The citation reads: ‘Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre is an invaluable resource to national heritage. The programme is focused on a highly significant event in England’s history, with clear interpretation for the public’s interest nationally and locally, and with links to the curricula of different schools and colleges. It is firmly grounded in the long and rich history of the immediate area. Visits are exceptionally well managed and the presentation of interactive exhibits, sessions and walks is of the highest order. Guides and facilitators share their excellent knowledge generously and have empathy with learners. There is a strong sense of cohesion across the centre’s team, with a culture of inclusive partnership and cooperation with visitors and the wider community.’
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