We were commissioned by CADW, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service working for an accessible and well-protected historic environment for Wales, to develop two new educational workshops for secondary schools. All workshops are delivered by staff wearing period costumes.
At Tretower Court and Castle pupils are given a historical overview on-site, an opportunity to make their own medieval arrows and participate in a drama workshop about the Battle of Agincourt in 1415 between England and France. The battle is notable for the use of the English longbow in very large numbers, with English and Welsh archers forming most of Henry V’s army.
At Chepstow Castle the workshops explore the Magna Carta, meaning ‘The Great Charter’, which is one of the most famous documents in the world. Originally issued by King John of England as a practical solution to the political crisis he faced in 1215, Magna Carta established for the first time the principle that everybody, including the king, was subject to the law. Pupils are supported on a scavenger hunt and orienteering challenge around the castle, collecting difference pieces of the puzzle, which consist of demands for reform that make up the Magna Carter.