Region: East Midlands

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park, Sutton Cheney, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV13 0AD

Contact: 01455 290429

Website: http://www.bosworthbattlefield.org.uk/

Description

Our school’s programme offers hands-on workshops with curriculum links to history, archaeology and English, which tell the story of the Battle of Bosworth 22 August 1485. Sessions cover the story of this dramatic event and the fascinating discovery of the true location of Bosworth Battlefield, with costumed characters, film footage, interactive displays and real battle artefacts.

We run a diverse programme of sessions on site and in venues in the surrounding counties. Our programme has been developed to transport the pupils into another world 500 years ago, when the battle played a significant role in society and everyday life for the rich and poor. Our onsite sessions include: Life of a Soldier, Life of an Archer, Barber Surgeon, Life in Roman Britain, Wife of an Archer, History Detectives, visiting the Exhibition and a Guided Walk (with a costumed character as an option). Our outreach programme currently includes the following sessions: Telling the Bosworth Story and Heraldry. We cater for KS1-5 and for further and higher education providers. Our educators are fully trained and have the skills and the passion to re-interpret our story linking their content to the national curriculum and re-enacting the events from 1485 as they unfold.

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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre tells an internationally important story within the landscape in which it happened. The Centre therefore creates a unique opportunity for pupils. Each school can pick a number of sessions from a diverse programme of activities delivered by a meet a range of museum educators, including costumed interpreters, experience a mixture of indoor and outdoor activity and see where the actual battle took place on the guided walk.

The award winning exhibition well –researched and very interactive, including a popular dressing up area and an emersive film showing what happened at the battle.

The battlefield is now set in the beautiful Leicestershire landscape but on the 22nd August the fields were full of men fighting for either King Richard III or Henry Tudor. Around a thousand men died in two hours of fighting, a figure equitable to the first day on the Somme. Richard III was the last King of England to die in battle and his death signified the beginning of the powerful Tudor dynasty which changed the face of England. Schools learn from the stories of the past and those told in more recent times with the discovery of Richard III’s body in the car park in Leicester, with Richard’s reinternment and with the discovery of the true location of the battlefield and the exciting objects found on it.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?
The Centre does not currently hold any learning awards or accreditations, but it is an ACE accredited Museum through its storytelling and collections elements.

It has a current Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence and has won best small visitor attraction in Leicester and Leicestershire 2016 and several before.

It is also a Visit England Quality Assured Visitor Attraction.

What does a typical educational visit include?
School itineraries typically run from 10.15am to 2.30pm. We deliver education sessions for Key Stage 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5. These can include choices from the following menu:

EXHIBITION
Summary: The award-winning exhibition brings to life the story of the Battle of Bosworth and this fascinating period of history. Follow the four medieval characters to find out about the lives of those involved, as Richard and Henry battle for the throne of England. Get hands-on with the weapons wall, try on armour, shoot the interactive long bow and see the gory practices of a barber surgeon. Explore how the Battlefield was rediscovered in 2010 and compare the fates of Richard and Henry.
Suitable for: All ages (maximum 34 per group)
Cost: £2.00 per pupil
Themes: The Wars of the Roses 1455-1487, Preparing for Battle, Finding the battlefield and Tudor Britain
Curriculum links, History:
• Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally.
• A local history study: a study of an aspect of history or a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality
• A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066: the changing power of monarchs
• The development of church, state and society in medieval Britain 1066-1509: the Wars of the Roses.

GUIDED WALKS OF THE BATTLEFIELD TRAIL
Summary: One of Bosworth’s knowledgeable guides will bring the events of the battle to life through lively interpretation and objects. With access to the most up-to-date research and evidence, pupils will learn the very latest information about the battle. For KS1-2 pupils, medieval character walks are also available. Discover the events of the battle as told by those who witnessed it take place. The walks are across rolling countryside and therefore appropriate footwear and weatherproof clothing is recommended. We recommended that all groups undertaking a walk of the Battlefield book a guide to get the most out of their visit.
Suitable for: All ages (maximum 34 per group)
Cost: £35.00 per group. Each walk lasts 1hour.
Themes: The Wars of the Roses 1455-1487, Two Kings One Day, Rich & poor and the night before the battle.
Curriculum links, History:

LIVING HISTORY
Meet living history interpreters to find out about the lives of soldiers, archers (and their wives) and barber surgeons. Discover armour, weapons and combat techniques through lively demonstrations, object handling and activities. Learn how those who were injured were treated and find out what it was really like for those involved in the battle.
Summaries for each living history session:
• The Bosworth Soldier – Learn about life on campaign for an ordinary soldier in 1485. Discover what they wore, how they were recruited and how they fought.
• The Bosworth Archer – Learn how the archers became so feared on the Battlefield, find out what it was like the night before a battle and see how archery could be used in peacetime too.
• The Bosworth Soldier’s Wife – Learn about the reality of medieval warfare from a woman left at home while her husband fought in battle, or a woman who followed her husband on campaign, sharing all the dangers and the spoils of war.
• The Bosworth Archer’s Wife – Learn about life for a medieval woman, and the life of an archer from the woman who knows him best.
• The Barber Surgeon – See how these specially trained medieval men and women would undertake anything from a haircut and shave to an amputation or arrow removal, in a world where germs were not known!
Suitable for: All ages (maximum 34 per group)
Cost: £3.00 per student (45 minutes for each session)
Themes: The Wars of the Roses 1455-1487, Health & Hygiene, Medieval medicine and Surgery, Clothing & protection, Weaponry & battle techniques and Rich and poor
National curriculum links, History:

FALCONRY (Until August 2017)
Summary: Hawkwise Falconry deliver high quality, hands on, stimulating sessions that appeal to every age group. Using birds of prey is an exciting and different way to capture pupils’ imagination; they encourage team working and help develop communication skills. The falconer talks about the role of the birds in battle and the contribution they made at the battle of Bosworth. Other subjects include the food chain and the interdependence of predator and prey.
Suitable for: All ages (maximum 34 per group)
Cost: £3 per pupil (45 minutes)
Themes: The Wars of the Roses 1455-1487, Famous Tudors, Rich and poor and Food and pastimes
National curriculum links, History:

HISTORY DETECTIVES
Summary: Pupils become detectives using deductive skills and reasoning to see what they can learn from archaeological discoveries and historical objects. What can they discover about people in the past from the objects they will handle?
Suitable for: KS2 (maximum 34 per group)
Cost: £2.00 per pupil (1 hour)
Themes: The Wars of the Roses 1455-1487, Finding the battlefield, Rich and poor and Timelines & deductive reasoning
National curriculum links, History:

LIFE IN ROMAN BRITAIN
Summary: Tying in with the discovery of a Roman temple with military associations near the site, this session explores the reality of life in Roman Britain, recreated in a full day of activities that bring history to life. Pupils meet a Roman soldier and discover what life was like in the Roman Army, handle real Roman objects and take part in activities in ‘The Forum’ with craft activities and dressing up, then help the domestic slave in ‘Food and Feasting’.
Suitable for: KS2 (Maximum of 75 pupils per session)
Cost: £8.00 per pupil (full-day)
Themes: The Roman Forum and slavery, Roman clothing, Food and drink, Village life and Roman finds at BosworthNational curriculum links, History, Art and English:
Outreach programme:

HERALDRY
Summary: Learn about the history and meanings of heraldry using images, objects and stories to transport the pupils back to 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth.
Suitable for: KS1 (one class)
Cost: £75 per session plus travel
Themes: The Wars of the Roses 1455-1487, symbols and colours, shields and banners
National curriculum links, History and English:

TELLING THE BOSWORTH STORY
Summary: One of Bosworth’s knowledgeable and experiences Guides will bring the events of the battle to life in a fun and informative way, using medieval props and audience.
Suitable for: KS1 (one class)
Cost: £75 per session plus travel
Themes: The Wars of the Roses 1455-1487, life of a soldier, Clothing & protection, Weaponry & battle techniques and Rich and poor
National curriculum links, History:
• Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally.
• A local history study: a study of an aspect of history or a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality
• A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066: the changing power of monarchs
• The development of church, state and society in medieval Britain 1066-1509: the Wars of the Roses.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
We have a teacher pack which describes Leicestershire County Council’s education offer both at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and the 1620s House & Garden. Each pack outlines the programme listing the sessions (as above); their content, costings, numbers, targeted keys stage, themes and national curriculum links.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
No, there are no restrictions.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
Our risk assessment for all on-site sessions we deliver is available on the site’s website on the learning page - http://www.bosworthbattlefield.org.uk/learning/learning-resources/

The risk assessments for the outreach sessions will also be made available on the website.

Does your venue have an education officer?
Melissa Lewis, Heritage Learning Officer, Heritage Services, Leicestershire County Council, 0116 3052172 melissa.lewis@leics.gov.uk

What is the cost of the visit?
The costs are described above. We only charge the pupils and not the adults, but we invoice against the number of pupils/students detailed at the time of booking confirmation.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?
We ask that the group, both children and adults, dress appropriately for the weather as most groups spend time outside as well as inside.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
The schools are responsible for their own first aid and so they need to bring a first aider and a first aid box. There are trained staff and first aid boxes on site to deal with any emergencies.

Please list facilities available.
On site there is:
A shop for the adults and children to shop in.
Heated indoor as well as outdoor lunch spaces.
Heated indoor as well as outdoor activity spaces.
Two accessible toilets
Two sets of general toilet facilities
Coat and bag storage area
Heated exhibition area
Dedicated coach parking

What are your disabled facilities?
There are accessible toilet facilities available for people with disabilities at the Heritage Centre and at Shenton Station, which is on the route of the guided walk.

There is ground floor access around the exterior of the Heritage Centre. The majority of the Exhibition Gallery has ground floor access. The exception is at the end of the main gallery where a platform lift is available and exits through the shop and down a low gradient ramp.

Access around the Battlefield Trail and the Country Park may be difficult for some people.

There is one mobility scooter and two wheelchairs that can be used for free by all visitors. Pre-booking during office hours on 01455 290429 is highly recommended.

Assisted wheelchair users are welcome in the museum.

There are low counters in the gift shop and the ticket office.

Please note: only assistance dogs are permitted in the Ambion Arena and the Exhibition. No dogs are permitted in the birds of prey Flying Field.

Induction Loops are available for the exhibition areas.

Some provisions can be made for people with visual impairments. Please contact us directly to find out more.

What are your opening days and hours?
Schools are welcome on site between Monday and Friday from 10am to 3pm.

General opening times:
Bosworth Battlefield is now open 7 days a week from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm (Last admission to the Exhibition is 3.00 pm) until 31st March 2017

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
Bournebrook – 15/11/16
• Staff were very friendly and helpful. They accommodated our special needs very well and considerately. The whole day was well organised
• Liz leading the walk was excellent and bought the events to life
• Good resources during the walk and history detectives.
• The activities were engaging and a good length. We would consider booking again

Catmose College – 2/11/16
• All the teachers commented on the quality of the staff intervention in particular the 15th C soldier – some are intending to return with their own families

Lutterworth College – 5/10/16
• Everybody enjoyed their visit – thank you

Kirby Muxloe -11/10/16
• The team were very helpful when I rang about a child’s allergy – the information was passed on and promises delivered
• Friendly, accommodating and so well informed on their topic
• Love the flags on the guided walks and the weapons in the soldiers sessions
• We all had an amazing day out and great to hear such positive comments from children and parents

The Oratory School – 8/9/16
• All 3 leaders Pat, the falconry and Captain Mortimer were enthusiastic and pitched their talks perfectly
• We will definitely return. As a whole day of activities this was by far the best educational visit package I have taken boys to in 16 years

Humberstone Junior Academy – 17/11/16
• Captain was amazing
• Bill drill was the most memorable part for all the children

Boothwood – 13/10/16
• Eddie was excellent
• Another brilliant visit

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre’s education programme is very strong and dynamic. The educators and the staff work really hard to coordinate, deliver and create excellent learning experiences for all and we strive to continually develop and improve the learning offer on site.


Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Historical Heritage Museums Outdoor Education Storytelling Themed Attractions

Curriculum Topics Covered: History

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December


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