News from The Kings of Wessex Academy

Year 10 Historians Kip on a Ship Trip

29th October, 2018 by Jude Owens

Year 10 Historians from The Kings of Wessex Academy recently followed in the footsteps of some great moments of history on a trip to London.

On the first day the visited the Tower of London, the scene of many heart-stopping torments where residents lived in fear, where they explored the Elizabethan punishments and prisons used at the Tower of Religious Heretics and toured the sites and places connected to great Tudor Monarchs, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. After a pizza dinner they went on an atmospheric night-time walking tour of Whitechapel to find out about the victims of Jack the Ripper. Overnight accommodation was particularly exciting for the historians (and thankfully not the Tower) on HMS Belfast, where they slept in the sailor’s mess rooms on bunks dating back to the 1950s.

Following the kip on the ship - by which this trip is fondly known - the next day the group went for a short walk amongst the sites near to HMS Belfast; including Clink Street Prison, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Globe Theatre. They then explored the replica of Sir Francis Drake’s Elizabethan Galleon the Golden Hinde to find out more about Elizabethan naval warfare and the Spanish Armada. The final stop was the Imperial War Museum to look at the WW1 exhibits, followed by a very moving session learning about the Holocaust.

Trip organiser Teacher of History Mrs Bowden praised the students for their excellent behaviour, enthusiasm and interest in all the aspects of the trip and which will benefit their studies.