R12 History Trip to Cardiff Castle
R12 Historians enjoyed a fascinating trip to Cardiff Castle on Thursday, which brought to life many of the aspects of Norman life that we have studied in class. Our visit began with an informative guided tour of the Georgian and Victorian parts of the castle, including architect William Burges’s masterpiece, the ‘Arab Room’, with its Moorish gilded ceiling. The boys and girls were particularly enamoured with the imposing Banqueting Hall and the secluded Roof Garden.
Our next destination of our trip was the Steward’s Room, which was lined with an array of helmets, body armour and weapons from the Romans through to the Civil War. Here the children learnt about developments in weaponry and armour across the centuries, with an interactive display of the mechanics of a model trebuchet which fired across the room. Especially enjoyable was the chance for the children to try on the chain mail and various helmets at the end of the demonstration. The boys and girls should be commended on their impeccable behaviour throughout the trip, and we are particularly grateful to Cardiff Castle for a thoroughly enjoyable visit.
Mr J. Neville.
13 February 2014
Senior School News