Seasonal workshops

The Houses of Parliament skyline at night from the South Bank of the River Thames.

Seasonal offers give your school the opportunity to tour the public areas of the Houses of Parliament and take part in a special, topical education session.


Spring 2012: To Kill a King

Historic Royal PalacesThis is a special programme of visits devised and delivered jointly with Historic Royal Palaces at the Palace of Westminster and Banqueting House.

This whole day session is a unique opportunity for Key Stage 3 students to follow in the footsteps of King Charles I through his trial, sentencing and execution. 

Students will start the day in the Palace of Westminster where they will explore the context for the trial by assembling the case for the prosecution. With their arguments ready they will try the king in Westminster Hall, the location of the actual trial, before passing sentence. 

In the afternoon the action will move to Banqueting House, the location of the king's execution, where students will explore the monarch's point of view and be able to question King Charles I further. 

The day is designed to be a memorable introduction and uses source material, unique access to historic locations and costumed interpreters to bring the topic to life. No prior work or knowledge will be assumed.


Summer 2012: A Tale of Two Votes

In this fun and interactive morning session, year six students will travel back through history to a time when voting in elections was very different.

Using role play, examining source materials and experiencing the evocative surroundings of the Palace of Westminster, participants will explore how 19th century social divides affected a citizen's choice of candidate and right to vote. They will become Victorian constituents and vote in an election before journeying back to the present day to vote in a secret ballot.

Comparing their experiences of the two scenarios, and using historic polling data from their own constituency, students will evaluate the social and democratic changes the UK has undergone in the last 150 years in a memorable and engaging way.

A true year six adventure!


Booking information

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Education Service
Houses of Parliament
London SW1A 2TT
020 7219 4496

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Award-winning school visits

Our visit programmes are designed to support citizenship education, political literacy and the national curricula across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Sandford Award for Heritage Education 2010