Key Stage 4, Post 16, Higher & Further Education
Tailor-made sessions provide secondary and further education students with a fantastic opportunity to access the city collection and archives and examine primary sources relevant to their course of study.
Popular sessions include:
- Handling original objects
- Understanding original sources
- Tours to attics and cellars of Tudor House not usually open to the public (dependent on group size)
- Group discussions and debates
- Marketing and visitor experience
Depending on topic and size of group, sessions can include a visit to the cellars and attics that are not usually open to the public.
Our workshops usually take place at Westgate Hall, a short walk from Tudor House. It is fully accessible, has toilet facilities and is bookable as a lunch space (costs apply).
The standard tour of Tudor House and Garden is one hour and gives a general history of the building, its main residents and information about the collections. Depending on your requirements it can also focus in more detail on a particular time period within this wider context.
Object handling is integrated into your tour. This can be Tudor, Victorian or World War Two dependent on your scheme of work. (If you would like object handling relating to a different time period please discuss this when booking).
Fascinating walking tours of Southampton’s Old Town are also available. These last for one hour. The tours are:
The Amazing Medieval Southampton Tour
A guided walk around the medieval port visiting the town walls, the castle, a royal loo, and a wine merchant’s underground store.
Guns and Murder Holes
Explore the remains of Southampton Castle and the town defences and discover how to defend a town against attack by the French. Optional extra: have a go on a mini-trebuchet.
A Trip Round Tudor Southampton
Explore life in the Tudor town, when pirates moored their ships at the quaysides and the French might attack at any moment. Visit the wool hall, fish market, the town prison, and the Tudor fortifications.
A Grand Tour of Georgian Southampton
Walk through the streets of the Georgian spa town, visiting the assembly rooms, coaching inns and the spot where Jane Austen lived. Watch out for footpads and pickpockets.
Visiting Victorian Southampton
Victorian Southampton was a period of great change, sailing ships gave way to steam, and disease was rife. Visit the grand High Street contrasting with the slums behind where the poor lived ten to a room.
St Michael’s Church
Discover more about this most historical of churches – opposite Tudor House and Garden. St Michael’s church, the oldest building in Southampton, is believed to have been founded in 1070. Through over 900 years St Michael’s Church has been closely connected with the life of the Old Town.
Miraculously, it survived the bombing in World War 2 when all the other Southampton churches on medieval foundation were destroyed by enemy action. Raided by the French and Genoese in October 1338 – the church was damaged and had to be reconsecrated – there are burn marks on the walls possibly from these raids. It was these raids that led to the building of the medieval walls along the west side of the city. Inside is the tomb of Sir Richard Lyster, one of Tudor House’s owners. This tomb is an early example of the architectural tomb that became fashionable in Elizabethan and Jacobean times.