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

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 holding its first Lady Margaret Beaufort themed History Taster Day on Thursday 28 February 2019. 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.

Apply for a place on the 2019 History Taster Day

Applications for the 2019 Taster Day are now open! If you are interested in attending and you meet the eligibility criteria below, you can apply for a place by completing this online form. Applicants will be assessed on their academic record and their commitment to exploring the past at a higher level. Applications close on Friday 1 February. We will be in touch by Saturday 9 February to let you know whether you have secured a place.



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.

1506 Statutes, Lady Margaret's inscription

Theme and content

The 2019 History Taster Day will be 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 will also include a skills workshop for applicants to history and plenty of opportunities to ask questions.


Practical details

The History Taster Day is for students only (there are no sessions for parents & guardians).

Visiting students are responsible for getting themselves to Cambridge for taster days, however we provide travel information and a college map:

The exact timetable has yet to be confirmed, 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) and for students travelling a long way limited accommodation is normally available at Christ's on the night before on a first come, first served basis.

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