Online games and interactives round-up: Henry VIII and the Tudors

By Rachel Hayward | 17 June 2009 | Updated: 01 November 2010
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Henry VIII: heads and hearts is one of the games from Historic Royal Palaces. Screenshot courtesy Historic Royal Palaces.

2009 was the 500th anniversary of King Henry VIII’s accession to the throne - and as well as the many amazing opportunities for Henry-related school visits to museums, galleries and heritage sites around the UK, there are lots of legacy KS2 Tudor interactives for your class to enjoy online.

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Screenshot from the Dressed to Kill game, courtesy of Historic Royal Palaces

Historic Royal Palaces have two brand new Henry VIII fighting games with information about weaponry and armour that is presented in a fun way. Henry VIII: heads and hearts is a jousting game. Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill is a foot combat game.

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Portrait detectives from National Museums Liverpool. Screenshot courtesy National Museums Liverpool

For some more class interactives, why not try National Museums Liverpool? They have a Henry VIII portrait feature, an online jigsaw puzzle and the Portrait detectives game.

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Screenshot of the Dive in and Discover The Mary Rose interactive, courtesy of the Mary Rose Trust

Henry VIII’s Mary Rose ship is the only surviving 16th century warship. If your pupils can't get to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to see the ship itself, they can Dive in and Discover The Mary Rose online. This interactive is an animated movie with quizzes too. There are further interactives on the Mary Rose site.

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Screenshot of Tudor Exploration from the National Maritime Museum courtesy of the NMM

Speaking of all nautical matters, the National Maritime Museum has an all encompassing interactive called Tudor Exploration.There’s a timeline to put the Tudor era in the context of world history, pupils look at Tudor discoveries and developments and there are various mini interactives all with a sea theme.

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Screenshot of the Tudor topic page for teachers on our kids' site Show Me.

Also, don't miss Show Me, our kids’ site.

Show Me brings together all the amazing museum, gallery and heritage content for kids including games and fun.

The site also has dedicated teacher and parent section. Its Tudor topic page for teachers showcases fun, curriculum-related games and interactives for the classroom and project work.

By the way, we've rounded up some very useful resources produced by museums and heritage sites to help you teach the Tudors in our feature: KS2 Tudor round-up: resources for teaching Henry VIII and the Tudors.

We’ll be adding to this feature as more Tudor games and interactives are produced. Watch this space…