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Learning Materials

Year 8 Project

What can Hinchingbrooke House tell us about changes in Britain between 1500 and the present?

In this project you will learn about Hinchingbrooke House and what it can tell us about the changes that took place in Britain between 1500 and today. To help you to answer the question,

We will study the following topics

1. The Owners: From the nuns to Hinchingbrooke School. How has the use of the building been influenced by the owners?
2. Building materials: brick and stone. What do they tell us about the owners and the changes that have taken place to the House.
3. Architecture: What architectural styles can we see? What can they tell us about the owners and uses of the house and changes in fashion during this period?
4. The Gardens: What do they tell us about the owners, changes in fashion, and how the House and grounds have changed in their use?
5. The Interior of the House: What evidence is there to show the changes that have taken place in the use of the house between 1500 and 2000?

The key events we will look are:

1. The dissolution of the monasteries and the closure of Hinchingbrooke Priory.
2. The conversion of the priory into a home by Richard Cromwell.
3. The Montagu family.
4. The change from country house to school.

A guide to the sources we will use:

1. Hinchingbrooke House. You will visit the house with your teacher and will undertake research for the project. Remember, this is a working building and students will be studying for exams. Also there are many visitors who use the house during the day so please behave with respect.
2. The school's website. This has a virtual tour of the House and information about its history.
3. Slides of the house.
4. Plans of the house which show it as a nunnery, country house and school.
5. A wide range of written sources will be available in a booklet.
6. Portraits of the owners in the house.
7. Local history books in the Resources Centre.
8. Book box.

Mark Scheme

Use this mark scheme to help you prepare your project. Check to make sure you have organised your project properly by checking each of the sections carefully.

Mark Scheme:

L1 Uses one book/sheet 1
L2 Uses several books/sheets 2-5
L3 Uses other (non-book) sources 4-7
The top 2 marks in levels 2 and 3 are given if you state clearly where the information comes from. Total = 7.

A. Writing.

Stage 1 Mostly copying/very poor project. 1-2
Stage 2 Gives relevant information. 3-4
Stage 3 Answers the questions 5-6
Stage 4 Analyses and discusses the question. 7-8
(Add up to 5 marks to each of levels 2-5 only for good details.)
The lower mark in each stage is if you cover 1 or 2 aspects, the higher mark is if you cover 3 or more aspects in the Content section.
Total = 13.

B. Drawings. (Must be drawn by the pupil to qualify for marks.)
L1 Some relevant drawings 1-3
L2 Adds titles/labels 2-4
L3 Clearly linked to the text 2-5 Total = 5

Introduction 1
Table of contents 1
Bibliography 1
Clear structure/sub-headings etc. 1-2 Total = 5

Grand total = 30.


Other Historical Links -

Oliver Cromwell

Hinchingbrooke's Local History Pages -

Samuel Pepys

Civil War

Brief History of the House

The House through the ages

Hinchingbrooke School Homepage