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Thames and Tudor Life Afloat: A Local History Study KS2

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This programme provides an opportunity to observe the local environment and learn about the local history of the River Thames and how it is linked into a wider historical context.

Session 1 with Thames Explorer Trust: On the riverside pupils will develop an understanding of what the Thames is like today and gain knowledge of river geography. Fieldwork on the foreshore involves collecting and identifying historic artefacts as evidence of river use. This session will enable pupils to gain an understanding and awareness of the past by comparing it to the present day. The riverside trail along the Southbank involves recording how the Thames has changed since the times of the Tudors, Stuarts and the Elizabethans. The trail will start or finish at the Golden Hinde 2 depending on the tide (we will advise you on booking). The riverside trail will provide pupils with an opportunity to explore and observe the local environment and to carry out a local history study as pupils scour the riverside and local streets for evidence of those who lived near and worked on the Thames.

Session 2 with the Golden Hinde Trust: The Golden Hinde circumnavigated the globe from 1577-1580 and this visit offers a unique and memorable opportunity to investigate life afloat in Tudor times. We will advise you on how to organise this session with the Golden Hinde Trust. Payment for this session is made directly to them.

Site: Southwark

Duration: A Half day programme with Thames Explorer Trust (2 hours), plus a half day programme with the Golden Hinde Trust. No indoor facilities

Costs can be found here

Practical information can be found here

Learning objectives

Please send us your learning objectives in advance of your trip so we can tailor the programme to your requirements.

Please help us preserve London’s heritage by not taking artefacts from the foreshore

Please read our artefact policy