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Tudor takeover day

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The National Archives

Bessant Dr

Kew

TW9 4DU

United Kingdom

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Experience the court of young Henry VIII.

Our Tudor takeover day is jam-packed full of breath-taking performances, fascinating talks and displays, and fun activities for everyone.

Dress up as a knight in shining armour, fly majestic birds of prey in an astonishing falconry demonstration, and experience the tension of the battlefield with live combat displays.

Programme:

Live Events

  • 12:00-13:00 Combat display
  • 13:15-14:00 Falconry flying display
  • 15:30-16:30 Combat display (repeat)

Talks

  • 10:30-11:00 Prince Arthur: The Tudor King Who Never Was (Sean Cunningham, TNA)
  • 11:15-11:45 Tudor Chamber Books: Court Culture and Display under Henry VII and Henry VIII (Samantha Harper, University of Winchester)
  • 12:00-12:45 So Great a Prince: England and the Accession of Henry VIII (Lauren Johnson)
  • 14:00-14:30 The Women of the Tudor Court (Nicola Clark, University of Chichester)
  • 14:45-15:15 Henry VIII and the Garter (Euan Roger, TNA)
  • 15:30-16:00 Henry VIII’s Palace at the Field of Cloth of Gold (Alden Gregory, Historic Royal Palaces)

All-day events and displays

  • Display of arms and armour (Ground Floor Welcome area)
  • Dressing up box – try on Tudor costume and take a selfie (Ground Floor Welcome area)
  • Craft corner – make crowns, swords and ruffles (Ground Floor Welcome Area)
  • Display of original Tudor documents (Learning Space, First Floor)
  • Live birds of prey (Pocket Park)

TUDOR TAKEOVER DAY: FAMILY SESSIONS

How did Henry VIII use images to display his royal power? What did Henry see as important qualities in a King?

Take part in a mini-mission to uncover answers to these questions, before getting creative with some Tudor-themed craft.

Times: 10:30-12:00 and 14:00-15:30

Family sessions cost £7.50/child and are designed for 7-11 year olds, though younger siblings are welcome. Children must be accompanied at all times.

Activities subject to change. This event has been generously supported by the Friends of The National Archives.

We run an exciting range of events and exhibitions on a wide variety of topics. For more details, visit nationalarchives.gov.uk/whatson.

Please note: new charges have been recently introduced for our on site visitor parking. Follow the link for further information

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The National Archives

Bessant Dr

Kew

TW9 4DU

United Kingdom

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Refund Policy

Refunds up to 1 day before event

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