Children from Bridlewood Primary School enjoyed interviewing Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Princess Mary and Pope Clement VII during a Tudor Day at Lydiard House. The day was part of Swindon Borough Council’s “Quest Project” aimed at enthusing children about their learning and improving standards in writing.
In the morning the children interviewed the historical characters in various locations around Lydiard and then in the afternoon they had a trial to decide if they would allow Henry to have an annulment from Catherine of Aragon.
The legal teams fought hard questioning and cross questioning, with legal and religious advice from Cardinal Wolsey (teacher Mr Baker) and the Holy Roman Empress (Head teacher Jo Garton).
“I thought Queen Catherine was lovely, but Henry VIII was a bit scary,” said Alice, aged 9.
The verdict was eventually delivered to the nervous royals from the children on the jury, “We do not think Henry should have an annulment, he must stay married to Catherine.”
“The children really enjoyed the day, many said it was their best school trip ever,” said head teacher Jo Garton. “They thought of great questions and really tested the knowledge of all the adults! This enjoyable approach to living history helps to make learning fun and that can only help the standards the children achieve. Thank you so much to Lydiard House and our fabulous actors for bringing their larger than life characters to Swindon. The children will never forget it!”