Heritage Education – Put Your Pupils in the Dock!

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.

Taking place in situ in one of the building’s impressive Victorian court rooms, pupils take the parts of key roles including the judge, jury, defendant and witnesses.Known Thieves Album CR2212a

The two hour workshop with Heritage Education staff includes:

  • A tour of this amazing building, including the  Victorian court rooms, 20th century cells and the 17th century dungeon
  • The chance to learn about a genuine Victorian Warwickshire court case, from the records in Warwickshire’s archives, through role play and re-enactment
  • The chance for pupils to learn how the penal system of the past differs from the justice system today
  • The chance to practice 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.

Why not make your visit last all day by booking our ‘History Detectives: Discover Crime and Punishment’ session at the County Record Office as well.  Look at original documents and investigate themes including 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 key differences between the Victorian legal system and today’s legal system, i.e. evidence given in a case and types of punishments given out
  • Religious, ethnic and cultural diversity – discuss the justice of the Victorian legal system and the difference between the Victorian and contemporary welfare support systems.
  • Interpretation – talk about the types of written and visual evidence that exists in archives to tell us about the past.

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

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