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5 school trip ideas… History in Leicestershire

Date Posted: 09/09/2014

Leicestershire offers an intriguing slice of England’s turbulent History. Here are five school trips to choose from in the county that lays claim to being Richard III’s final resting place.

1. King Richard III Visitor Centre

Britain’s newest visitor attraction is now open and uses displays, interactive audio-visual elements and exhibits to tell the story of the life and death of the much-debated king, including the events that led to his hasty burial and eventual re-discovery in a Leicester car park.

2. Bosworth Battlefield

Location of the Battle of Bosworth where you can re-live this famous turning point in British history - the death of a king (Richard III) and the birth of the all-powerful Tudor dynasty.

The Heritage Centre gives insight into these medieval times that saw the end of the 30-year power struggle for the throne of England.

3. Donington le Heath Manor House

Built in the late 13th century and renovated early in the 17th century, Donnington was originally owned by one of the gunpowder plotters.

Students can try out antique clothes and toys, and enjoy period gardens and woodland re-created in a 17th century style, including flower and herb gardens, an ornamental maze and an orchard.

4. King Richard III guided walk

Join an experienced Blue Badge tourist guide and visit many of the places in the city which are closely associated with King Richard III.

Sites include the Blue Boar Inn, where traditionally Richard stayed in 1485 and of the Bow Bridge, which he crossed to meet in battle with Henry Tudor.

5. Snibston Discovery Museum

The museum has a variety of History themed learning sessions for Key Stages 1 to 4.

Students are encouraged to explore the practices and impact of mining, by interacting with miners who worked in the coalfields, to help them appreciate the challenges that were part of mining in the 20th century.

KS3 History presentation Holocaust: ‘My Struggle’ uses Snibston’s costumed characters to follow a chronological narrative centring on the treatment of Jews. 

The presentation raises challenging issues that can be followed up in the classroom (activity suggestions provided).

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