History Taster Day on Lady Margaret Beaufort - 'The mother of all Tudors'

Eligibility criteria apply. Applications for 2011 have closed. If you're in Year 11, you can register interest for next year's History Taster Day.

Lady Margaret Beaufort
  Lady Margaret Beaufort

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 Event. The aim 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. This year the event will be held as an online series through March and April 2021 - see below for more information.


Current updates

05/03/2021 - If you're in Year 11, you can register interest for next year's History Taster Day.

27/02/21 - Applications for the 2021 taster series have now closed. If you made an application, thank you! Information about what happens next is on the applicants page.

15/01/21 - Due to Covid-19 we have changed the format this year to a series of online sessions through March and April. Selected participants will be expected to commit to attending all of the sessions. Exact dates will be confirmed soon, and will be updated here once available.


This Taster Series is aimed at academically able students who meet all of the criteria below:

  • you are in Year 12, S5 (Scotland) or Y13 (Northern Ireland)
  • you attend an academy, school or college that does not charge fees (to anyone).
  • you are studying History for A level, IB Higher, Scottish Advanced Higher or equivalent.
  • you 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.

"The whole day was fascinating and everyone was very friendly."

A participant at the 2020 History Taster Day

Lady Margaret Beaufort's coat of armsTheme and content

The History Taster Series 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 virtual 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 the History Taster Day

Applications have now closed for the 2021 Taster Series (online this year).

Applications will open in February 2022 for the next History Taster Day. If you're in Year 11, you can register interest so that you receive an email in 2022 when applications open. In the meantime, do have a look at our History page.


Practical details

The History taster day is for students only (there are no sessions for parents & guardians). The exact timetable for the 2021 taster series has yet to be determined, but as a guide, we expect sessions to run after school (i.e. between 4-6pm).


Comments from previous participants

We asked some of the 2020 participants what they would say to future students considering an application for the event. You can read their comments here.

"This event made me so much more excited to apply to Cambridge, and made the process seem much less daunting."

A previous participant