Enquiring into Elizabeth

What were the issues faced by England’s most famous Tudor Queen?

What was Elizabeth I’s personality like? This session, run in partnership with Westminster Abbey, offers students a rare opportunity to handle original documents from the reign of Elizabeth I as well as to visit Westminster Abbey, the Coronation Church and the final resting place of Tudor monarchs.

Please note, the timings allow for students to travel between the two sites.

Connections to the curriculum:


  • AQA: GCE History, Unit 1C: The Tudors: England, 1485-1603
  • OCR: GCE History A, Unit Y107, British Period Study: England 1547-1603: the Later Tudors
  • EDEXCEL: GCE History, Unit 31, Rebellion and Disorder under the Tudors, 1485-1603


  • OCR History A, Component 2: Power: Monarchy and Democracy in Britain c1000 to 2014
  • OCR History B, Schools History Project: Component Group 1, British Depth Study: The Elizabethans, 1580-1603
  • AQA History, Paper 2 Section B: British Depth Study: Elizabethan England, c1568-1603
  • EDEXCEL History, Paper 2: British Depth Study: Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88

Available as: On site workshop. Find out more about the types of session we offer.

Session options

This session is delivered as a:


at The National Archives and Westminster Abbey

2.5 hours

Available:  All year.

Cost: £4 per pupil. The charge for this session should be paid to Westminster Abbey. The National Archives session is free.

Duration: Start at The National Archives at 10:00. Formal activities finish at Westminster Abbey at 14:30.

Suitability: Key stage 3, 4, 5. Maximum 30 children per session.

Email Westminister Abbey to book the session

Contact us

All activities must be booked in advance.

Tel: +44 (0)20 3908 9162

Email: education@nationalarchives.gov.uk