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Queen Victoria: Dear Diary...

  • Windsor Castle
  • Tuesday, 4 Dec 2018 - Tuesday, 23 Jul 2019
  • Key stage 1, Key stage 2
  • History, Art & Design, English
  • Composition, Local history study beyond 1066, Significant individuals in the past
  • Details
  • Travel
  • Lunch facilities
  • Access
  • How to book
  • Prices
  • Security

Details

Details

How did Queen Victoria spend her time at Windsor Castle? How were family occasions and royal events celebrated here? What were 'dine and sleep's? Using hands-on artefacts and replica costume we investigate this and more in our interactive session.

Session Learning Objectives:

  • To encourage the children to discover whose home Windsor Castle is, and how we can identify if she is in residence.
  • To stimulate the children’s interest in the official and private life of Queen Victoria and her family at Windsor Castle, evidenced by artefacts and archival material.
  • To develop skills in identifying areas of Windsor Castle and its treasures that relate to Queen Victoria, in addition to other related objects and documents from the past.
  • To encourage discussion on how different life was in Victorian times from today. 

In this session children will:

  • Use discussion and enquiry skills to explore facsimile royal documents.
  • Handle Victorian artefacts, including some belonging to Queen Victoria herself, and participate in dressing up.
  • Explore the Semi-State Rooms, the very rooms long associated with and affectionately used by Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their family members.
  • Engage with actual Victorian works of art on display as a stimulus to produce their own artwork and/or inspire them to write creatively.

 
Please note: some of the activities involve a selection of pupils demonstrating concepts to the rest of the group.

In addition, a St George's Chapel tour led by Chapel stewards can be included as part of the visit.

Available on Weekdays

Session times: 11:30 (lunch 12:30)

Duration: 40 - 45 minutes  

Travel

Travel

Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1NJ

By car

There is no visitor car parking at the Castle, so we recommend you use public car parks in the town centre. Details about parking can be found on www.windsor.gov.uk

By train

The nearest stations are 'Windsor & Eton Central' or 'Windsor & Eton Riverside'.  Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By coach / bus

Green Line 702 service operates daily services from Greenline Coach Station, London which is near Victoria station.

Tour companies operate excursions to Windsor Castle from many London hotels. For details, please ask your hotel concierge.

Lunch facilities

Lunch facilities

Subject to availability, pre-booked school groups will have use of the facilities at the Learning Centre, located just outside the Castle walls.  This is your base for the day and you will receive a coach pass to enable your coach driver to set you down and collect you from here.  Facilities include a space to eat packed lunches and a safe place to leave coats and bags.

Access

Access

Our learning programmes are designed to be accessible to all pupils.  Most of our sessions can be adapted to meet any educational or access needs your group may have.  Please ask for details when booking.

You may find the information for visitors on the Autism spectrum helpful when planning your visit to Windsor Castle.

Our presentation Introducing you to the Learning Centre and Castle Precincts (SEN groups) is a useful starting point for familiarising yourself and your special needs pupils with these spaces.

How to book

How to book

To find out more or to make a booking contact the Learning Bookings team.

Please have to hand:

  • Preferred date and possible alternatives, plus time of arrival
  • Numbers of children and supervising adults
  • The taught programme you would like
  • Details of any special educational or access needs

You will then be sent a reservation letter, together with your teachers’ resource pack, giving a date by which full payment must be received to secure the booking.

Please note: you may be asked to cover the cost of the session if you cancel within short notice of your visit.  Non-booked schools will be charged at standard group admission rates.  Please see our Terms of Application for Learning Group Admissions.

Contact us

Learning Bookings Team
Ticket Sales and Information Office
Buckingham Palace
London SW1A 1AA

T. (+44) (0)303 123 7323
F. (+44) (0)20 7930 9625
[email protected]

Sharing Learning Objectives

You will find our learning objectives for each taught session on the relevant programme information page.  Sending us your learning objectives prior to your visit will help us tailor the session to your group’s requirements. Please complete the relevant Learning Objectives form from the Downloads list on the right and scan and email to us.

Planning Visits

Once you have made your booking, we offer two complimentary tickets for you and a colleague to conduct a planning visit.  If you would like to meet a member of the Learning team during this visit, please let us know at the time of booking.

Our presentation Introducing you to the Learning Centre and Castle Precincts is a useful starting point for familiarising yourself and your pupils with these spaces.

Teachers' Packs for each site can be downloaded here.

Prices

Prices

Reduced-rate admission for school groups

Pre-booked school groups: £6.00 per pupil
Children in Reception or below: FREE
Discounted rate for schools in the Royal borough 

Accompanying adults

One teacher or adult helper is admitted free of charge at the following ratios:

Under 5s - 1 adult: 3 pupils
Years 1 to 3 - 1 adult: 6 pupils
Year 4 and above - 1 adult: 10 pupils

Please ask for details of rates for additional adults when booking.

Security

Security

Royal Collection Trust sites have airport-style security measures at all public entry points, through which all visitors, including school groups, are required to enter.  All adults and children will be asked to:

  • Allow any bags to be searched by hand
  • Walk through a metal detector arch, one at a time
  • Switch off mobile phones

The Royal Collection Trust Learning section asks that teachers undertake the following guidelines to make entry to Royal Collection Trust sites as smooth and quick as possible:

  • Please arrive at the Royal Collection Trust site at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time for the booked workshop
  • Teachers and children should not bring the following: scissors, compasses, metal cutlery, sharp metallic implements
  • Only bring what you need! The Royal Collection Trust Learning section can provide all necessary equipment such as clipboards, pencils and drawing materials (groups can bring their own sketchbooks if they prefer to use these)