Key Stage 3

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

Norwich Castle is undergoing some exciting changes!  As part of the Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England project, the Castle Keep is being redeveloped to restore it to its previous incarnation as a Norman royal palace.

The work will take place from early 2019 to summer 2020, during which the Castle Keep will be closed.  The rest of the museum will be open on a phased basis.

Please be aware that events which use the Castle Keep may not be available or may be adapted to use different spaces in the museum during this period.

Storming the Castle William I: Hero or Villain? Crime and Punishment SlaveryThe Changing Face of NorwichFirst World WarDungeons, Battlements or Historic Courtroom Tours

Exhibition events

Special programme of events for schools to support the special exhibition Armistice: Legacy of the Great War in Norfolk 20 October 2018 to 5 January 2019.

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).

William I: Hero or Villain?

Investigate both sides of the Norman Conquest, which changed Saxon Norwich forever. Tour the castle, analyse the Domesday Book, examine Norman and Saxon weapons, war tactics, and attitudes to crime and punishment, compare and contrast Saxon and Norman society.

Crime and Punishment

Experience the dungeons, tour the site and discover the Castle’s 650-year history has a gaol and prison. 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.

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.

First World War

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

Tours

Dungeons, Battlements or Historic Courtroom

30-40 minutes, choose one or more. £2.50 per pupil, max 15 per tour.  Dates on request.