Burghley House | Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3

Our selection of learning sessions with a range of subjects at Key Stage 3

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KS3 History - Tudor and Elizabethan England

The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509 - 1745

Off with her head? How did the reformation shape Tudor England? Was Queen Mary really that ‘Bloody’? Why do we call the Elizabethan period ‘The Golden Age’. How did Elizabeth bring order out of religious chaos?

Visit Burghley House, home of the Cecil family, whose rise to power was intrinsically linked to the fortunes of the Tudor dynasty. Learn about William Cecil, chief advisor to Queen Elizabeth and unlock the secrets of Elizabethan government.

Group leaders can choose between a broad introduction to the Tudor period or a deep dive into a particular area within the subject. Includes a 45 minute presentation followed by a House tour with a Tudor theme.

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KS3 Art and Design: The Story Behind the Face

What exactly is a Portrait? What is a Portrait trying to communicate?

This presentation offers an introduction to the world of portraits, encouraging participants to evaluate and analyse portraits to discover their hidden meanings. Learners will explore the language and imagery of portraiture and be encouraged to question what the artist is trying to say and why people are portrayed in different ways.

This will then be followed by a visit to the House with a focus on the Art Collection and emphasis on the Portraits.

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KS3 Art and Design - A Flight of Fancy

How did Art shape our History? What’s the difference between Renaissance and Baroque Art? What does Art tell us? Enjoy a guided tour of Burghley House where the works of individual artists, periods and movements will be explored.

Leap into the 21st century with a visit to our 13-acre Sculpture Garden, an open-air gallery home to a collection of striking sculpture. Get creative by drawing or photographing the great outdoors.

Includes a guided tour of Burghley House with a focus on great artists and periods, a Wire Sculpture Workshop and a self-guided tour of the Sculpture Garden.

We have plenty of options for you to tailor make your learning visit. Contact us to ask about how the different workshops can combine together to form your day:

  • House Tour - a visit to the State Rooms with a focus on how the rooms were used in the time of William Cecil
  • Meet William Cecil - a teacher-in-role presentation in which students will be able to learn about the education, relationships, experiences and rise to power of one of the most influential statesmen of the Elizabethan age, in his great Prodigy House
  • Tudor Food – using a mock Tudor Banquet, a discussion of Tudor health and diet
  • Treasury Exhibition – a bespoke space presenting artefacts and information relating to Cecil’s time at Burghley
  • Portraits Talk – a presentation about some of the major portraits in the Burghley Collection
  • Architecture Tour – a guided tour of the exterior of the building discussing the structure, features and changes to the façade
  • Gardens Visit - Self guided visit of the Gardens at Burghley House

Plan your visit

Get in touch with our dedicated Education Team to start planning your trip to Burghley.

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