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Shrewsbury Tudor Town Trail: Advice for teachers
A PDF of the Tudor Town trail can be downloaded.
A New look at an Old town
• This town trail has been developed in conjunction with Shrewsbury Museums Service. It has been made compatible with Tudor work sessions offered by the museum. However it is also a “stand alone” exercise.
• You can find a great deal of related information on Tudor Shrewsbury in the rest of this site. Much of it has been adapted for use by KS2 pupils and is in the form of user-friendly interactive maps. It is well worth familiarising yourself with this content before organising your trip in order to make the best use of your time in Shrewsbury and in follow up lessons. There are also downloadable outline maps of Tudor Shrewsbury for classroom use. To access these resources click on any of the buttons listed below "Related Webpages" on the side menu of this page.
• We have tried to avoid the trail becoming a lengthy meander through the streets with the teacher having to shout above traffic noise or negotiate pupils through shoppers in narrow streets. Instead the trail is concentrated on a few key sites. At each site pupils are presented with active and focused learning exercises.
• Each site is spacious enough to accommodate a class of pupils, where possible, away from traffic (although normal advice on traffic safety will still need to be given, and close supervision of pupils remains essential in Shrewsbury as in any busy modern town).
• As a rough guide the trail should take a morning to complete, but it is not anticipated that you would try to cover all the sites on the trail. You can of course adapt it to suit your own needs and interests. Some of the sites would be suitable to pause in for a picnic lunch, particularly the Castle grounds.
• The focus of the trail is to answer the question “How similar, or different, was Tudor Shrewsbury to today’s town?” This approach of posing a key question is in line with draft QCA programme of study for KS2 History. By the end of the trail pupils should be aware of similarities and differences between Tudor and modern Shrewsbury both in the nature of the people who inhabited it and the way it looked.
• Shrewsbury has justly been described as England’s finest Tudor town. It is our hope that this trail, combined with the wealth of support materials provided on this web-site, will enable teachers and pupils to make the best use of Shrewsbury as an extraordinary resource.