Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre Warwickshire
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park, Sutton Cheney, Nuneaton, CV13 0AD
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
What we offer
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.
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.
What makes us a great choice?
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.
Accreditation and Awards
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.
Materials, Resources & Information Provided
We have a teacher pack which describes Leicestershire County Council's education offer both at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and the 1620s House and Garden. Each pack outlines the programme listing the sessions (as above); their content, costings, numbers, targeted keys stage, themes and national curriculum links.
Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions
No, there are no restrictions.
Risk Assessment Details
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.
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.
We ask that the group, both children and adults, dress appropriately for the weather as most groups spend time outside as well as inside.
First Aid Information
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.
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
Accessibility & 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.
Opening Hours & Information
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
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