Shire Hall Learning - Monlife


Learning opportunities at the Shire Hall

Welcome to the Shire Hall’s exciting learning programme. Housed in the building that was the site of one of the most significant trials in British history, the trial of the Monmouthshire Chartists, our creative learning activities are designed to engage, inspire and enthuse.


Treason, Trials and Transportation – KS2 – KS4

A 2 hour facilitated workshop exploring the trial of the Monmouthshire Chartists.  Investigate evidence, prepare your case and conduct your own version of the Chartist trial in the courtroom where it actually took place!

Guilty! – KS2 & KS3

A facilitated 2 hour workshop investigating crime and punishment in 19th century Monmouthshire.  Explore handling objects and primary source material, take a trip to the holding cells and conduct your own mock trial in our period courtroom.

Chartist coach tour

The Men They Couldn’t Hang KS2 – 4

Visit iconic Chartist sites in south Wales, accompanied by a Blue Badge Guide.  The tour includes a stop at Blaenavon Iron Works and St Woolos Cathedral, plus the opportunity to ‘march down Stow Hill’ and visit the Westgate Hotel.

 Independent courtroom visit – KS1 – 4

Use our online resources to prepare your class for a visit to the courtroom and holding cells and hold your own mock trial.

Scripts, costume and an introductory talk are available, if required.

For further information, please visit the MonLife Learning page.

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