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Key Stage 3

Download our 2019/20 schools programme. Details of our 2020/21 programme will be available soon.

For more information, enquiries and bookings email our Norwich Bookings Coordinator at norwichcastle.bookings@norfolk.gov.uk, or call 01603 493636.

Events

Immersive events which take place in different locations, include a range of activities, and involve meeting characters from the past. 10am – 2pm, £5 per pupil (unless otherwise stated).

Storming the Castle: A Maths and History Investigation

Work with medieval costumed characters to solve a real-life problem. Devise the best ways to attack and defend the Castle using maths skills (estimating, measuring, costs and coinage, weights and measures).

Please note: During the Keep redevelopment project, this event will still run but won’t visit the Castle Keep. Sessions will be held elsewhere in the museum.

William I: Hero or Villain?

Investigate both sides of the Norman Conquest, which changed Saxon Norwich forever. Students will take a virtual tour of the Castle; analyse the Domesday Book; examine Norman and Saxon weapons, war tactics, and attitudes to crime and punishment; and compare and contrast Saxon and Norman society.

Please note: During the Keep redevelopment project, this event will still run but won’t visit the Castle Keep. Sessions will be held elsewhere in the museum.

Crime and Punishment

Tour the site, discover the Castle’s 650-year history as a gaol and prison, and look at real and replica punishment objects. Follow in the footsteps of prisoners down a spiral staircase and through a tunnel to the historic Shirehall courtroom to re-enact a double-murder trial.

Please note: During the Keep redevelopment project, this event will include an object-handling session rather than a dungeon tour.  The Shirehall courtroom is currently closed, but students can still experience the staircase and tunnel.

Slavery

A drama-based day which explores the Atlantic slave trade and Norfolk’s part in it. Meet costumed characters and hear arguments from the 19th Century, for and against slavery. Includes a document session with Norfolk Record Office.

The Changing Face of Norwich: a Geography investigation with History and Religious Education

A proposal has been made to develop the site of a disused medieval church in the city. Consider the different viewpoints of a town planner, a rescue archaeologist and a Medieval monk before making a recommendation to the planning enquiry.

Norwich in the Industrial Revolution

10am - 2pm, £5 per pupil

Discover Norwich’s industrial past and examine historic tools and documents used by Norwich industries including our most famous export, Colman’s Mustard. Follow a museum trail and take a teacher-led tour of nearby post-industrial sites (map and details included).

Please note: this event usually takes place at Norwich Castle and the Museum of Norwich.

First World War

Handle authentic and replica soldiers’ and nurses’ uniforms and equipment. Read their letters and original documents unique to the Royal Norfolk Regiment. Take part in the re-enactment of a tribunal of a local resident who refused to fight.

  • Artsmark Partner
  • Quality Badge awarded by Council for Learning Outside the Classroom
  • Sandford Award