Learning

Learning at Turton Tower

Turton Tower is a distinctive English country house located in the small village of Turton on the edge of the popular walking area of the West Pennine Moors. Originally built by the Tudor Orrell family to defend their land, it later became a luxurious home. The house was lavishly furnished and extended in both the Tudor and early Stuart periods.

Learning Sessions at Turton Tower

For detailed lesson plans and risk assessment visit Turton Tower’s page on the Pennine Lancashire Museum and Schools website.

Homes from the Past

Turton Tower Bedroom10am – 2pm

This is a new session developed in conjunction with Jane Mulqueeny, teacher from Bedford Hall Methodist Primary School, Leigh, Wigan as part of the Pennine Lancashire Museums and Schools Programme.

Ancient loos, a towering four poster bed and an imposing from door help KS1 children appreciate how homes have changed over the years.

Turton Tower originally a medieval fortified house, was expanded and made into a more comfortable home by the Tudors and Victorians.

Your visit:

In this session the children first look around the outside of the house, then enter through the studded Tudor door into the hallway, complete with a suit of armour. They then spend the morning exploring the kitchen, bedrooms,toilets and living rooms, comparing and contrasting them with their own homes.

After lunch, they look through the remaining rooms in the house, studying their contents, drawing and sketching.

“The day was invaluable because children are given the opportunity to explore the building and its contents and make accurate comparisons with houses today.” Jane Mulqueeny, teacher, Bedford Hall Methodist Primary.

Booking and charges:

£5 per pupilMeet the Tudors at Turton Tower

Accompanying adults are free of charge

The maximum group size is 37 children, plus adults.

For more information or to make a booking, please call Turton Tower on 01204 852203 or email Turton Tower.

Please note that because Turton Tower is a Grade I listed building some parts of the building may not be accessible to people with restricted mobility. If you have any concerns please discuss them with staff before you make your booking.

 

Meet the Tudors – Exploring life in a Tudor home

10am – 2pm

Two experienced costumed interpreters will lead your children on a tour of the house and give insights into the contrasting lives of the rich and poor in Tudor times.  The children will also have the opportunity to handle objects from the period.

Your visit:

Meet the Tudors at Turton Tower

Children learning how to make a Tudor building

Spend the morning touring the house with two of our costumed interpreters; find out about how the house changed in the Tudor period and how the rich and the poor lived their lives.

After lunch you will lead your group on a tour of the outside of the house, looking at how the Tudors made the tower into a home; using workshops provided by us.

A typical visit will last from 10am until 2pm with the Interpreter led sessions lasting for two hours.

We have a room where pupils can eat their lunch as well as a shop with a wide range of pocket money priced items.

Booking and charges:

£5 per pupil

Accompanying adults are free of charge

The maximum group size is 37 children, plus adults.

For more information or to make a booking, please call Turton Tower on 01204 852203 or email Turton Tower.

Please note that because Turton Tower is a Grade I listed building some parts of the building may not be accessible to people with restricted mobility.  If you have any concerns please discuss them with staff before you make your booking.