New Education Programme at Conwy Tudor Mansion

Thursday 28 August 2014

A bespoke education programme focussing on Tudor life will begin on 11 September at Plas Mawr, an Elizabethan Merchant’s House in Conwy.

Plas Mawr

Plas Mawr

The education programme, entitled ‘Travelling Tudors: Trade and Technology’, is aimed primarily at pupils aged 7-11 and 11-14 years old, and has been specifically designed to fit key elements of the Welsh National Curriculum. School groups will experience sessions informed by STEM subjects- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, as well as History looking at Tudor life and Geography.

The sessions have been inspired by the life of Robert Wynn, the Tudor Merchant who built his magnificent home of Plas Mawr inspired by his journeys and travelled extensively, trading in wool, hide and wine. After meeting a member of the Wynn family from the 1500s, pupils will look at food and drink, a map of the Tudor world and discoveries at this time from around the world. They will also learn how Plas Mawr was built, and will be able to use Tudor money to convert the costs of building the house and entertaining guests into modern day equivalents.

John Griffiths, Minister for Natural Resources, Culture and Sport said: “This is an excellent example of how the historic environment can be used to develop skills and provide opportunities for young people across Wales. Our heritage monuments are assets that should not only be protected, but should also be enjoyed and used to benefit future generations.”

Erin Lloyd Jones, Lifelong Learning Manager for Cadw said, “This exciting new development at Plas Mawr aims to use the truly spectacular building and the fascinating life of the man who built it to aid the teaching of subjects such as history and mathematics. We have designed the sessions to use a range of cross-curricular themes so education groups get the most out of their visit, and really bring the use and application of these topics to life.”

The sessions at Plas Mawr last 2 and a half hours and are available throughout the week in the morning or afternoon. The cost of the sessions is £90 per group for up to 30 pupils. Plas Mawr is a short walk from Conwy Castle and larger groups could be split into two to accommodate a joint visit to both sites for the day. For more information and how to book, visit our learning section.

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