Key Stage 3 & 4

Bodmin Jail is a Georgian and Victorian treasure chest.  Spanning the 1700s to the 1900s, the prison covers a fascinating period of time and enables an exploration of the changes to social history and to crime and punishment.  Nowhere else in in Cornwall can your class walk into a restored jail and come face to face with the past and the people who once lived here. 

All of our learning experiences feature themes regarding the prison, the people who were imprisoned, the crimes they committed, the Victorians and the Georgian and the worlds of the 1700 and 1800 hundreds. Our educational team are experts at delivering these themes to a range of different age groups and covering key aspects of the National Curriculum throughout your visit.

Our Educational visits run daily and include a guided tour of the prison, including the immersive Dark Walk, with activities based around your topic.  Each class have their own dedicated member of our excellent education team, taking charge of them from the moment you step off the coach right up to the end of your visit.

You can meet our amazing Heritage Team here

To book an educational visit or for more information, get in touch with us today via email groups@bodminjailattraction.co.uk or by telephone 01208 76292.

Prices from £7.60 per student with teachers and teaching assistants free entry 

EXECUTION JOURNALISM

This curriculum-based tour provides your students with an immersive experience of how the Georgians and the Victorians reported on crime and punishment and how society embraced the scandal of crime.  What was the fascination with law breakers, why were songs written about them and what did this say about the spectacle of public execution.  From the Murder in the Red Barn to the Illustrated Police News, this fascinating tour gives your class engaging access to the past. 

Resources

  • Lesson plan and education pack
  • Creative writing
  • Study of broadside newspapers
  • Creation of own article and illustrations
  • Guided Tour

CHANGES TO CRIME & PUNISHMENT

Our KS3 tour is designed to deliver curriculum-based education that

enriches your students’ studies and gives them a greater understanding of the changes to crime and punishment from the Georgians to the modern day.  Covering the Bloody Code, post mortem punishments, grave robbers and debtors’ jails, this tour introduces students to the changes in society that led the Victorians to make fundamental alterations to execution and which coloured their perception of what a criminal was.

Resources

  • Lesson plan and education pack
  • Creative writing
  • Study of broadside newspapers
  • Creation of own article and illustrations
  • Dedicated Heritage Guide

GOTHIC MELODRAMA

Our KS3 tour is designed to deliver curriculum based education that enriches your students’ studies and gives them a greater understanding of the emergence of gothic melodrama in the Victorian period.  What were the main character types of gothic melodrama, what moral and social lessons were they imparting and are they relevant today?

Resources

  • Creative writing
  • Guided Tour

GOTHIC LITERATURE

Our KS3 tour is designed to deliver curriculum based education that enriches your students’ studies and gives them a greater understanding of the emergence of gothic literature in the Victorian period.  From gothic landscape, buildings and themes, the Victorians embraced the dark and gave us a host of ghouls, monsters and stories that reverberate to this day

Resources

  • Creative writing
  • Guided Tour

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

If your students are studying A Christmas Carol then our ‘A Christmas Carol’ guided tour offers an immersive and interactive experience that will take them into the world Scrooge and the Victorians.  Meet the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future and gain an understanding into the key theming of this seminal piece of literature. 

Why did Charles Dickens write A Christmas Carol, what was his message and why does it still resonate today? 

Resources

  • Lesson plan and educational pack
  • Classroom activities

Please note that this tour runs from late November and throughout December.

                  

To book an educational visit or for more information, get in touch with us today via email groups@bodminjailattraction.co.uk or by telephone 01208 76292.