Tudor rebellions

How seriously did they challenge the authority of the crown?

What to expect in the onsite workshop:

In the onsite workshop students consider the extent to which rebellion threatened the country from 1536-1569. The rebellions examined include Pilgrimage of Grace, Kett’s rebellion, Western Prayer Book, Wyatts and Northern Earls. Pupils are encouraged to generate criteria about what would make an uprising a threat, using evidence from original documents to support their judgements.

The two-hour workshop is led by an experienced history educator in an inspiring learning space at The National Archives in Kew. Students handle a range of original Tudor documents from letters to proclamations housed in the State Papers. These include handwritten by advisors like William Cecil and signed by Tudor monarchs. The workshop includes a showcase of spectacular Tudor plea rolls.


What to expect in the online workshop:

In the online workshop in your classroom students will investigate the extent to which two Tudor rebellions threatened the authority of the crown. The rebellions explored are Pilgrimage of Grace and Northern Earls rebellion (*Note- we may be able to alter depending on your exam board). The workshop explores also gives an insight into the research process 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 Y106, British Period Study: England 1485-1547: the Early Tudors
  • EDEXCEL: GCE History, Paper 3, Option 31: Rebellion and Disorder under the Tudors, 1485-1603

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 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