Warwick Castle’s Edwardian library may be off-limits for the time being, but a new online Learning Library is taking the Castle experience online.
With families across the country returning to home-schooling during national lockdowns, history experts at Warwick Castle have developed a range of all-new free resources providing fun and educational activities for children of all ages.
The Learning Library contains a host of brand new multimedia resources including puzzles, quizzes, videos, downloadable colouring sheets and more, suitable for children from pre-schoolers to Key Stage 3.
One of the Library’s highlights is an extensive 360° virtual tour of the interior and state rooms with facts about each room’s history and purpose on the way. Explore at your own pace (and with it all to yourself!), from the Great Hall with its extensive collection of weapons and armour, to the battlements and grounds themselves.
Other activities include guidance for designing your own castle with a step-by-step guide to key features, key facts about the incredible birds of prey that live at the Castle, and fun puzzles to help children learn about medieval warfare, from the art of longbow to the colossal trebuchet.
Importantly for all those parents juggling home-schooling with working from home, and teachers struggling to teach remotely as well as face-to-face, resources can be used for independent study or play as well as starting points for discussion – and inspiration for future visits when the Castle reopens later this year.
The Library will be updated on a regular basis with new content. Next to go live include a letter-writing project with templates for postcards, letters or a drawing to send to Princess Florence, and a historical ordering task based on the Kingmaker exhibition.