Primary Options

Below is a list of our various programmes.

Living Long Ago KS1
Bringing history alive by comparing the Manor House, its rooms & artefacts with modern day living…where is the fridge, microwave, washing-machine, bathroom and television? Get hands-on & active with music, dance, toys & games from hundreds of years ago. Make a lavender bag to take home & protect yourself from the plague!

Exploration in the 16th Century KS1-2
Consider the reasons for & dangers of sea voyages during this great period of discovery. Handle artefacts, discuss provisions, load the ship, follow clues or maps to search for treasure, such as potatoes, turkey & chocolate! Year 5 & 6 students try early navigational techniques with a compass, log-line & traverse board.

The Tudor Experience
Compare the lives of the rich & the poor in Tudor times. The Lord of the Manor’s servants will lead you to explore his house & authentic artefacts. You can choose to perform a role-play drama about the Tudor Royal family, visit the Blacksmith’s forge, sing & dance, play Tudor games, write with quill & ink or learn to swaddle a baby!

Christmas Through the Ages KS2
Discover the origins of Christmas customs, through the ages, sing ancient Christmas songs, take part in the Sulgrave Mummers Play. Make a Tudor sweet treat from sugar or marzipan. Make a wish as you stir up a Christmas pudding to take back to school. Christmas crafts include making an orange & clove pomander or an ever-green decoration. Sneak a peek in Father Christmas’ grotto with Mrs Christmas.


Shakespeare Drama Workshop KS2
Spend a day in Tudor Costume, immersed in the 16th Century world using language of the time & discovering the origins of words. Have a focused visit to the Tudor rooms of the Manor House, its gardens gaining an insight into the life in Shakespeare’s time. Meet strolling Elizabethan musicians & join them in an interactive workshop to conclude your visit with a 16th Century dance.

Leisure & Entertainment in Tudor Times KS2
While the poor had little time for relaxation, the new rich were establishing themselves in substantial houses & taking advantage of increased leisure time. Tour the Manor House to discover how the Washington’s lived & entertained. Learn dances, sing simple songs & enjoy typical games of the period.

Childhood in the Tudor Times KS2
Discover how the eleven Washington children lived and played in the Manor House. Compare their lives to those of poorer Tudor children. Experience writing with quill & ink, using the Tudor alphabet, as children would have done in a 16th Century school room but beware the birch! Enjoy some rare playtime with authentic style 16th Century toys & games.

Rich & Poor in the Tudor Times KS2
Experience life in the time of the Tudors for both the wealthy and the poor. Tour the Manor House to discover how the Washington’s lived & what life was like for their servants. Explore the reasons & necessity for “good marriages”. Take part in a courtly dance & also a more raucous dance enjoyed by the commoners. Participate in an interactive role-play in order to open a window into the life of Lawrence Washington.

The English Civil War KS2
Consider the causes & consequences of the Civil War, how it divided families with a unique opportunity to study original documents. Face Obadiah Smith, a Parliamentarian sequester. Hear tales of those who work in Abel Makepeace’s house & his family connections with the “malignant Royalist”. Prove yourself in the pike drill and train with swords!

Secondary Options​

The English Civil War KS3

Consider the causes & consequences of the Civil War, how it divided families with a unique opportunity to study original documents. Face Obadiah Smith, a Parliamentarian sequester. Hear tales of those who work in Abel Makepeace’s house & his family connections with the “malignant Royalist”. Prove yourself in the pike drill and train with swords!

Social Life in the16th Century GCSE-A Level
Students get up close to original documents of the period & use primary sources of evidence. A tour of the Manor House reveals what it can tell us about the social standing & family life of Lawrence Washington. The session allows students to handle replica artefacts, show their skill with traditional gambling games, play a musical instrument or try on a courtly costume.

Shakespeare Contextual Studies Days GCSE / A Level
Designed for Literature Students, supporting Assessment Objectives AO1, AO2, AO3 & AO4. The course content covers Practical exploration of the context of selected play/s of your choice with an In depth study of a selected theme, looking at form & structure of the above, while examining particular examples of language, phrases, and quotations.