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Palace to Ruins

Palace to Ruins: Tudor Life to Civil War in Hampshire

A unique opportunity to learn one site’s significance in two key aspects of British national history: life in the great Tudor mansion, which 100 years later was destroyed by Cromwell during the Civil War.

Session objectives

Handling Tudor archaeology and replicas, students will investigate facts about the Tudors and their lives at Basing House, and use GPS to explore and examine the events and effects of the Civil War at Basing.

This session supports the following National Curriculum 2014 topics for KS2 History:

  • Local History Study
  • A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066

The session also supports historical enquiry, historical interpretation, independent enquirers, creative thinkers, team workers and effective participants.

Pupils will:

  • Use the skills of an archaeologist to look at Tudor artefacts from Basing House
  • Investigate the lives of people at Basing House in its Tudor heyday
  • Examine the remains of the house and site to understand the events and effects of the Civil War on the people and house at Basing
  • Recognise the importance of preserving the past for the future
  • Work in teams to explore evidence from the past

Length of Session 3 hours (but allow additional time for lunch, if required) 
Cost £120 per class (class of up to 35 students. A maximum of 3 classes can be accommodated)

For further information and to make bookings, please contact Linda Owen,

Tel: 01256 639562 (Direct Tel), or 01256 639550 (The Milestones Museum reception Tel where a message can be left if Linda is out of the office) or email: linda.owen@hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk