School Sessions

The following three sessions are available at Oakham Castle:

Castles, Courts and Coronets: An Introduction to Oakham Castle
An introduction to this key local site. What is a castle? Why is this site called a castle? Discover its history, features and origins of the horseshoe tradition.

 

Available throughout the year
Duration 2 hours
£2 per child
This session can be adapted for Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
History: Local History Study; study of a site that is significant in the locality.

Remembrance: The First World War
The focus of this session is the memorial to the men of the Leicestershire Yeomanry who lost their lives during the First World War which is on the East Wall of the Great Hall. A large selection of original and replica artefacts are also provided for handling as well as uniform for dressing-up. Children will explore how the First World War impacted on the people of Rutland,   research individual soldiers and design a remembrance poster.

Available throughout the year
Duration 2 hours
£2 per child
Key Stage 2
History: Study of a theme in British History; a significant turning point in British History
History: Local History Study; study of a site that is significant in the locality.

 

It’s Criminal! Crime and Punishment through Time (at Museum and Castle)
This full day workshop takes place across our two historic sites. The session uses the collections of Rutland County Museum (including the only surviving New Drop Gallows in the United Kingdom!) to examine historical punishments and how the penal system has changed. The focus is on specific local Rutland cases and characters from the 1700s and 1800s. 

At Oakham Castle, children will discover what a courtroom is, how it is used and take part in a mini mock trial.

Available throughout the year
Duration 4 hours and time for lunch break
£5 per child
Key Stage 2
History: Study of a theme in British History; changes in crime and punishment
History: Local History Study; study of a site that is significant in the locality.