In this session pupils discover the story of the 14 year captivity of Mary Queen of Scots in Sheffield as well as the Earl of Shrewsbury and his wife, Bess of Hardwick. They will be able to explore the buildings in which she was kept including the Turret House, the only roofed building surviving in England that she would have known.
Pupils will gather evidence to decide whether they believe Mary to be innocent or guilty of the crimes charged against including code breaking messages from the infamous Anthony Babbington. At the end of the day they will decide the fate of Mary, Queen of Scots.
KS2 National Curriculum Links: a local history study and a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
KS3 National Curriculum Link: a local history study, the development of church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745 and the Elizabethan religious settlement and conflict with Catholics