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 2021 History Taster Day is scheduled to take place on 23rd February 2021. If you are in Year 12 / S5 (Scotland) / Y13 (Northern Ireland), are planning to study History at university and think you would like to attend this event in February 2021, if you register your interest we'll send you an email in January 2021 when we open applications.


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.


Register your interest for the 2021 History Taster Day

If you are in Year 12 or equivalent, are studying History as one of your subjects at a state sixth form, and think you would like to attend this Taster Day in February/March, do register your interest, and we'll then send you an email in January 2021 when we open applications - you can then review the opportunity at the time and see if you would like to apply. 

The 2021 History Taster Day will take place on the 23rd February 2021. In the meantime, do have a look at our History page.

This event will be held online due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.


Practical details

The History taster day is for students only (there are no sessions for parents & guardians). The exact timetable for the 2021 taster day 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.

For in-person events, 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.

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