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Tudor tour

28 January 2020

Pupils and students in Years 10 to 12 have been exploring Tudor history, with help from a world-leading expert, at Westminster Abbey.

Visiting the nearby Abbey, 16 of our young people were given an in depth tour of the building, which highlighted the role of the Tudor monarchs and how Westminster Abbey was used to display their power and faith. As part of this tour, they also visited King Henry VII's grand, and recently restored, Lady Chapel.

Our Year 10 and 11 pupils, and Year 12 students, then enjoyed a lecture by a leading academic, Dr John Guy from Clare College, University of Cambridge. He talked about the relationship between Mary Queen of Scots and her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, leading to the dramatic and controversial execution of the former by the latter.

Ms Slater, Head of History at Westminster City School, said: “This was a very special day, allowing our young people to get a first-hand experience of what studying history at university can be like.”

Specialising in the history of Tudor England, Dr Guy has lectured extensively in the UK and USA, as well as publishing 16 books and numerous academic articles. He currently teaches part-time at Cambridge, in order to devote time to his writing and broadcasting. As well as presenting five documentaries for BBC2, he is regularly on the radio and currently writes or reviews for a number of newspapers, including The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Economist, and BBC History Magazine.

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