History Taster Day on Lady Margaret Beaufort - 'The mother of all Tudors'
Lady Margaret Beaufort (1441/1443-1509) is best known as the mother of Henry Tudor, later King Henry VII of England, the first monarch of the Tudor dynasty, whose claim to the throne was based on his mother's descent from the Plantagenets. A key figure in the later stages of the Wars of the Roses, she is seen by many historians as the influential matriarch whose actions changed English history. However, she was also an important patron of educational institutions. During her lifetime she established one of the first free schools for the general public, endowed several academic posts at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge and founded two Cambridge Colleges: Christ's College in 1505 and, posthumously, St John's College in 1511. Her life therefore offers a fascinating window into one of the most turbulent periods of English history and an opportunity to consider issues related to the study of gender in history.
To explore these ideas, Christ's College will be holds an annual Lady Margaret Beaufort themed History Taster Day. The aim of the event is to give you a taste of what it is like to study history at Cambridge University through a series of lectures and workshops exploring Lady Margaret's life and legacy. The 2019 History Taster Day took place on Thursday 28 February 2019. The date has not yet been confirmed for the 2020 History Taster Day.
This Taster Day is aimed at academically able students who meet all of the criteria below:
- are in Year 12 (or equivalent)
- attend an academy, school or college that does not charge fees.
- are studying History for A level, IB Higher or equivalent.
- are interested in exploring the past in ways that go beyond the standard school curriculum.
If you are from outside the UK and are unsure about your eligibility to apply for this event, please contact us for further information.
Theme and content
The History Taster Day is themed around Lady Margaret's life and legacy, as well as the study of gender history, with sessions given by Christ's historians, the chance to chat with current students studying history and a guided tour of the College. The event also normally includes a skills workshop for applicants to History and plenty of opportunities to ask questions.
Apply for a place on the 2020 History Taster Day
Applications for the 2020 Year 12 History Taster day are likely to open in mid January 2020. Eligible Year 12 students in the academic year 2019-20 will need to complete an application form (available here at the time) in order to be considered for a place.
Although it is some way off and the date is not confirmed at this stage, if you would like to register your interest for the 2020 Year 12 History Taster Day, we will send you an email when applications open.
The History taster day is for students only (there are no sessions for parents & guardians). The exact date and timetable for 2020 has yet to be determined, but as a guide, we normally start at about 10.30 or 11am and finish at about 4 or 4.30pm. Lunch is provided (free of charge).
Visiting students are responsible for getting themselves to Cambridge for taster days, however we provide travel information and a map of the college:
If you are in (or were previously in) Care, please read about the Care Travel Fund (eligibility criteria apply).
For students travelling a long way, limited accommodation is normally available at Christ's on the night before the taster day on a first come, first served basis.