Enquiring into Elizabeth

What can we learn about Elizabeth I’s ruling style from her letters and speeches?

What to expect in the onsite workshop:

Students explore Elizabeth’s letters and speeches to learn about her ruling style. Pupils decipher Tudor handwriting and investigate what these fascinating documents reveal about her governance. This session develops evidential understanding and gives students an insight into being a Tudor historian. It also showcases some of the beautiful images of Elizabeth.

The two-hour workshop is led by an experienced history educator in an inspiring learning space at The National Archives in Kew. Students will handle a range of original Tudor documents. This workshop is suitable for KS3, 4 and 5 students. Material used in the workshop is adapted to suit the age of your students.

What to expect in the online workshop:

In the online workshop in your classroom students will investigate Elizabeth’s ruling style using her letters and speeches. This session develops skills in evidential understanding and the work of Tudor historians.

The one-hour online session in your classroom is led by an experienced history educator, you only need a microphone, large screen and webcam to take part. Interactive activities encourage students to discuss their ideas and work in groups using high-quality materials provided in advance by the Education team.

*Note we will adapt the timing of the workshop to fit with your lesson times.


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, online workshop. Find out more about the types of session we offer.

Session options

This session is delivered as a:


at The National Archives

2 hours

Online Workshop

in your classroom

1 hour

Available:  All year.

Cost:  Free to UK schools

Suitability: Key stage 3, 4, 5.

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Contact us

All activities must be booked in advance.

Tel: +44 (0)20 3908 9162

Email: education@nationalarchives.gov.uk