Bringing literature to life in historic places

We recently inaugurated what’s shaping up to be a long-term collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces who keep stories alive at six incredible palaces, including Tower of London and Hampton Court.

Most recently classes across three key stages read books with stories connected to Tower of London: ‘These Dark Wings’ by John Owen Theobald, ‘Raven Boy’ by Pippa Goodhart and ‘A Walk in London’ by Salvatore Rubbino.

The authors and teachers came together to co-plan schemes of work around the books, ahead of each class encountering their author for a workshop and tour of the Tower – bringing the stories to life while deepening understanding of the Tower’s history.

In January 2017 HRP also hosted and supported our first ever professional development day for children’s authors, held at Hampton Court Palace, where 60 children’s writers and illustrators took part in expert-led sessions to develop their education practice. 98% of those authors said they “learned something new” and expressed demand for more CPD opportunities in the future.

On the strength of these two pilots, we’ll be working closely with HRP’s learning and participation team to bring more books, authors, teachers and classes to HRP venues nationally in 2017 and 2018!