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SCHOOL VISITS

Harvington Hall’s Sandford Award-winning education programme offers pupils a chance to study the Reformation through a fascinating case-study of a unique house – a house which concealed its Catholic inhabitants to protect them from laws preventing them from practising their faith.

Schools are shown around the Hall by experienced guides who are mostly ex-teachers; the tours last for about 75-90 minutes. Tours can be adapted to cater for all Key Stages, and we will endeavour to fulfil special requirements upon request.

There is also an opportunity for pupils to take part in an Activity Day. The Hall offers Tudor Activity Days and ‘Journey of Faith’ Days (new for 2018).

Tudor Activity Days allow pupils to experience life in a Tudor House, both ‘below-stairs’ in the Kitchen and on the estate, and ‘above-stairs’ in the Great Chamber, with appropriate costumes for each activity.

Some indoor accommodation is available for picnic lunches, should the weather be poor.

Teachers from schools who have booked an educational visit are welcome to undertake a preliminary visit of the Hall on one of its usual open days, free of charge.

Special Resources

A new DVD suitable primarily for Key Stage 3, but also for older Key Stage 2 pupils, is now available entitled ‘The Manhunters’ . It is 68 minutes long, made by Harvington Hall re-enactors and volunteers, telling the story of the search for priests in a house similar to Harvington. The story starts with a courier meeting a newly arrived priest at the coast, an interview with Queen Elizabeth I, searches and interrogations at the house. There are accompanying teachers notes, the pack is available from the Hall (01562 777846) and costs £7.50.

See the links below for more information on our schools activity programme:

Sandford Award Harvington Hall

INFORMATION FOR TEACHERS & BOOKING FORM

Harvington Hall is an unaltered structure which gives a true picture of what a Tudor House would have been like, with authentic Elizabethan wall paintings and the best surviving series of priests’ hiding places in the country. It is suitable for both full and half day educational visits for a tour of the Hall, alternatively the tour may be enhanced with Tudor activities suitable for various age groups that fit into local histoty studies.

Below you will find downloadable documents with all the necessary information for arranging a visit to the Hall.

Schools Information Harvington Hall

KEY STAGE ONE

Harvington Hall provides an ideal visit for children to discover their local history as well learning about significant events and people in the past. We also have resources to support learning about Toys in the Past.

Below you will find a downloadable PDF document with all the necessary information about a Key stage 1 visit to the Hall. More about Key stage 1 includes pre and post visit activity ideas.

Harvington Hall School Visits

KEY STAGE TWO

Harvington Hall is an ideal place for children to explore Tudor life and times, as well as being a house of significant local history.

Below you will find downloadable documents with lots of information to help with the visit, including ideas for pre and post visits, details about people significant to the Hall’s history and relevant illustrations of life in a Tudor house.

School Visits

KEY STAGE THREE

Harvington Hall provides an ideal visit for pupils to explore the life and times of Nicholas Owen and the topic of the persecuted church. It is an excellent venue to enhance any topic on Tudors as well as an ideal venue to explore local history.

Below you will find information about Key stage 3 visits to the Hall, and about significant people connected with the Hall; you might also like to look at the comprehensive Resource Pack in the Key Stage 2 section.

A new DVD is available entitled ‘The Manhunters’ , it is 68 minutes long, made by Harvington Hall re-enactors and volunteers, telling the story of the search for priests in a house similar to Harvington.The story starts with a courier meeting a newly arrived priest at the coast, an interview with Queen Elizabeth I, searches and interrogations at the house. There are accompanying teachers notes, the pack is available from the Hall (01562 777846) and costs £7.50.

JOURNEY OF FAITH

Journey of Faith is a new venture mainly for Catholic schools, but is available to all upon request. It traces the journey of the Catholic faith in England from Medieval times, when the original hall was built, to the present day. It looks at recusant and penal times of the Tudor and Stuart periods when priest hides were constructed and used, through the slightly more relaxed Georgian times when our Georgian Chapel was built and some Catholic Relief Acts were passed, and eventually on to the Catholic Emancipation Act of 1829. We will see how in the Victorian era, this Act led to the freedom of worship for Catholics and the building of many Catholic churches.

The morning session will consist of a tour of the Hall showing the priest hides and learning how the Pakington family practised their faith in secret and the risks taken by the Catholic priests at a time when it was deemed treasonable for them to celebrate Mass.

This will be followed by a time for lunch and Mass, or a school-led prayer service.

In the afternoon, there will be a session focussing on Jesuit values and virtues, which will reflect the Archdiocese of Birmingham’s Diocesan Religious Strategy. This will include discussion, a story about the life of a saint with appropriate activities, and then a time for considering what students’ own journey of faith might be.

The day can be adapted to suit the needs of different age groups and so would be suitable as part of preparation for Confirmation or Holy Communion.