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

Eligibility criteria apply. Applications for 2022 aren't open yet. If you're in Year 12 (S5 Scotland, Year 13 Northern Ireland), you can register interest for the 2022 History Taster Series (online webinars with an optional visit to Cambridge at the end).

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 Serise. 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. The series takes place online and at the end there's an optional visit to Christ's for those who can get to Cambridge.

If you are currently in Year 12 (S5 Scotland, Y13 Northern Ireland) you can register interest for this opportunity in 2022. We'll then send you an email when applications open.



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 Level or Scottish 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 tour of the College. The series also normally includes application advice and plenty of opportunities to ask questions.


Apply for the History Taster Series

Applications will open in February 2022 for the next History Taster Series. If you're currently in Year 12 (Year 13 in Northern Ireland or S5 in Scotland), 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.

If you're currently in Year 11 (Year 12 in Northern Ireland, S4 in Scotland), you can register interest here for the 2023 History Taster Series. 

Practical details

The History Taster Series is for students only (there are no sessions for parents & guardians). The exact timetable for the 2022 taster series has yet to be determined, but as a guide online sessions normally start at 16:30.

The date of the optional Christ's visit for Taster Series participants will be confirmed here nearer the time. If you take the option to visit Christ's at the end of the series, note that visiting students are responsible for getting themselves to Cambridge, 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 series visit on a first come, first served basis.


Comments from previous participants

We asked some of our previous participants what they would say to future students considering an application for the series. 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