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Our unique Courtroom and atmospheric holding Cells are a perfect backdrop for your students to investigate changes in crime, punishment and justice over time with our History on Trial experience days.

You will be able to choose from a selection of real trials that took place in the courthouse and reenact them in your class or group.  This will then be followed by object handling and time debating cases and verdicts, where students are encouraged to consider crimes and punishments in the past compared to today.

For A level groups in the second half of the visit we will also consider at the social and psychological impact of crimes through case studies.

"The children really enjoyed it and it complimented our topic on crime and punishment perfectly.  The fact they could go into the courtroom was fantastic and they really enjoyed going down to the cells and seeing where the accused would wait.  We liked the case studies particularly as they were of real cases of real children in St Albans.  It was good for the children to have the chance to discuss and air their opinions."

Teacher from Cunningham Junior School

To make a booking enquiry please submit a booking enquiry.

If you have any specific questions about how these sessions could work for your group please email Eleanor Payne, Learning and Interpretation Officer.

The dates of our next History on Trial weeks are as follows:

Academic Year 2019 - 2020

  • 21 - 25 October 2019
  • 16 - 20 March 2020
  • 8 - 12 June 2020

Key Stage 2 and 3 | History, Local History, Victorian St Albans, PSHE and Citizenship

GCSE History | Crime and Punishment through time

A Level | Psychology (AQA) | Issues and Options in Psychology | Forensic Psychology

A Level | Sociology (AQA) | Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

10.00 am - 12.00 pm or 11.00 am - 1.00 pm | £180 | Up to 32 students

Our History on Trail are very popular and where there is limited availability early booking is advised.