HATA visit the Tower of London

On Sunday 4th November some members of the HATA (History And The Arts) Society were privileged to be able to spend a day at the Tower of London in the company of the Chairman of Historic Royal Palaces (a Marlborough parent).

We were extremely generously treated: the climax of the day was to be among the first to walk through the splendid new World War One commemoration in the dry moat, where there were 10,000 flames lit for remembrance. After this we were treated to a rare evening visit of White Tower, where there was a small party in the midst of the collection of Tudor and Stuart armour. Earlier we received a private tour of the Queen’s House and Bell Tower (never normally open), in which we saw the cells of Thomas More and John Fisher, as well as the room in which Guy Fawkes was interrogated – this of course felt especially moving and apposite at this time of year.

This was the seventh HATA trip this term – last week we investigated the Royal Forest of Savernake, and next week there will be trips to the Mozartfest in Bath and to the great flight of canal locks at Devizes.

Christopher Moule
Head of History

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