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The Tudor Trip

On Saturday 16th February 2019, a group of thirty two Y13 students departed from the Priory Academy LSST for a weekend in London. The coach left at 7am, arriving at Hampton Court Palace at around 11am. The day began with a tour of the Tudor kitchens, with the students treated to a demonstration of chocolate being made using traditional techniques, before collecting audio guides and being given the opportunity to go off in small groups to explore the royal palace and its spectacular grounds and gardens. There was a fascinating array of relevant things to see both inside and out, including Henry VIII’s Great Hall and the Great Watching Chamber and an exhibition of the young Henry VIII. This was complemented by art galleries featuring paintings from the Old Masters, the state apartments of William III and Mary II and the resplendent Chapel Royal. From Hampton Court Palace the students travelled into central London to visit the National Portrait Gallery, taking in a range of famous sites on route. A particular focus for the students at the NPG was its selection of Tudor and Elizabethan portraits, including a curious anamorphic portrait of Edward VI by William Scrots and portraits by the renowned court painter Hans Holbein the Younger. After leaving the Gallery, the students were given some time to explore the city before dinner, with some students making it as far as Buckingham Palace and back within the hour, whilst others chose to explore the vibrant areas of Leicester Square, Theatreland and Chinatown. The students then met at Planet Hollywood for their evening meal, with most opting for their signature burger. The restaurant is currently the only Planet Hollywood located outside of the USA and there was a huge assortment of film merchandise from over the years on display, much to the fascination of staff and students alike.

The following morning the students left London following some much-needed rest at the Wembley International Hotel, arriving in Windsor at around 9am, where they spent the morning exploring Windsor Castle, including the magnificent state apartments of HM The Queen, where the students took in the striking Grand Reception Room and the colossal Waterloo Chamber, and the private apartments created for George IV, including the iconic Green Drawing Room, recently used as the backdrop for the wedding photos of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. St. George’s Chapel in the precincts of the castle is also the location of the interred remains of Henry VIII who died in the now lost Palace of Whitehall on 28th January 1547. Henry is entombed alongside his third wife, Jane Seymour, and his vault was of particular interest to the students who study his reign as part of their A-Level course. After lunch in the historic market town, the students returned to London by coach to visit the Tower of London. For many students, seeing the Crown Jewels proved to be a highlight of the trip, as was the Changing the Guard for those who were lucky enough to witness the age-old custom. The Tower also plays host to a range of engaging exhibits on subjects such as torture, armour and imprisonment, in addition to the Tower’s Mint and the Fusilier Museum, meaning there was something of interest for everyone. After leaving the Tower, the students began the journey back to Lincoln, arriving at LSST at around 8pm. The trip was a great success and all of the students had a wonderful time. Thank you to Miss Harrison, Mrs Griffin, Mr Crocker and Mr Stones for running the trip!