Heritage Education – Put Your Pupils in the Dock!

Bring your Key Stage 2 class to the old Warwick Crown Courts for a chance to re-enact a genuine Victorian trial.

This workshop takes place in the surroundings of a Victorian court room. Pupils take the parts of judge, jury, defendant and witnesses in a guided workshop.

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The workshop includes:
  • A tour of the  Victorian court rooms, 20th century cells and the 17th century dungeon.
  • A genuine Victorian Warwickshire court case, from the records in Warwickshire’s archives,
  • Role play and re-enactment of a Victorian court case
  • The chance for pupils to learn how the penal system of the past differs from the justice system today
  • The use of literacy, communication and drama skills in a new and exciting environment
The workshop lasts 2 hours and can accommodate up to 36 pupils. Bookings can only be made for Mondays.
Make your visit last all day and book our ‘History Detectives: Discover Crime and Punishment’ workshop.  Examine original documents on the themes of child crime, gaol conditions and punishments given.
Indoor lunch facilities are available. Book early to help us accommodate you; we advise eight weeks’ notice.
Pupils will be able to:
  • Chronological understanding – place the Victorians in a timeline of British History.
  • Change and continuity – recognise differences between the Victorian and today’s legal systems.
  • Religious, ethnic and cultural diversity – discuss the justice of the Victorian legal system. Recognise the difference between the Victorian and contemporary welfare support systems.
  • Interpretation – talk about written and visual evidence that exists in archives.
Key skills
  • Historic enquiry – comparing/contrasting information, identifying and analysing evidence
  • Use of resources – use of original source materials to find out about crime and punishment in the past

To make a booking enquiry click here