Teachers' Notes 

1. Introduction to the Tudor Hackney site for teachers

This innovative and exciting site contains several elements which pupils will find useful and interesting. On the homepage menu “Welcome to Tudor Hackney”, the sections labelled “The Story of the Daniells” and “Virtual Reality” will be most useable by pupils. Activities have been provided within this section for classroom use of these two sections. The section labelled “Picture Gallery” has a great deal of interest for teachers and contains many items which could be used for teaching about the Tudors, not just in Hackney but wherever the school is located. The four sections on the homepage menu are:
  • Local History. This is the most specific information to Hackney and consists mainly of short essays.
  • The Story of the Daniells This is a dramatised story on web video: “The Dysasters and Misfortunes of John and Jane Daniell”. John and Jane Daniell were real people who lived in the Rectory House at the end of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. The story is a true one, based on accounts they both wrote. It involves John Daniell’s attempts to make a career at court in the service of the Earl of Essex, and his attempt to blackmail the Countess of Essex after her husband’s disgrace and execution. (Full details of the Daniells, their relationship to the Earl of Essex and the court case can be found by clicking on More about the Daniells at the bottom on the right of the “Story of the Daniells” homepage.) The video is in six sections, each of about 3 minutes duration. It can be expanded to full screen size by right-clicking on the video window. To exit, use the escape (Esc) key. Teachers may find the stills version of the story, with some text, a useful way of previewing the video.
  • Virtual Reality . Two “Viscape” Walks and a tour. These take the viewer through and around a full-colour, three-dimensional reconstruction of Tudor Hackney and one of the most important houses in it – the Rectory House. The presentation of these settings is impressionistic and includes appropriate sound-effects, such as running water in the stream, and singing from the church. However, this is not a game: the village and the house have been carefully reconstructed from existing records and are as accurate and reliable as possible. This is as near as your pupils can get to walking round a real Tudor village and a real Tudor house. The walks run by themselves but the tour is controlled by the viewer, using the simple controls at the bottom of the window. You can therefore choose the route, stopping-places, viewing angles etc both in the village and in the House. At several points in the tour of the Rectory House the viewer will find clickable “hot-spots”, which bring up illustrations of items to be seen in the house and short video clips of activities which might be going on at that place.
  • Picture Gallery This section includes a very full archive of source material as well as pictures. The contents are: pictures of people and places, wills, court cases and inventories. (An inventory is a room by room list of every object in a house, with its value). Among the most useful and accessible of these is the inventory of the Rectory House. This inventory links all the other resources together as it was drawn up as a result of the court case against John Daniell described in the video and was used as the basis of the reconstruction of the house in the walks and tour. The inventory can be viewed both in its original form and in transcript. Two drop-down menus will take you to any room in the house and to helpful illustrations of many of the items referred to.
NOTE: The Daniells inventory can also be reached from the main homepage by clicking on the highlighted word “inventory” in the second paragraph of the text on the right.
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This site, developed with funding from the New Opportunities Fund as one of the projects within Sense of Place, London, forms part of the National Archive's Education site. It was developed as a partnership between Hackney Archives Department, Immediate Theatre and the National Archive's Education Team