Enchanted Palace from Historic Royal Palaces: teaching ideas and resources

By Rachel Hayward | 20 April 2010
Photo showing a computer composite of the head of a crying girl with pink cheeks and her finger to her mouth as if to say shh and she is wearing an 18th century looking white wig decorated with roses and surrounded by a photo of Kensington Palace and staircases and costume etc

Kensington Palace's Enchanted Palace exhibition runs until 2010. © Historic Royal Palaces

Enchanted Palace from Historic Royal Palaces: teaching ideas and resources

Kensington Palace has been rendered spell-bound by a new exhibition, The Enchanted Palace which re-imagines, in fairytale form, the lives of seven princesses who lived there. Here's how you might use of the exhibition and online resources for your pupils…

Victorian connections
Studying the Victorians? Princess Victoria - later Queen Victoria - is one of the princesses. Find out more about all seven princesses featured in Enchanted Palace.

You can listen to some of the Enchanted Palace Fairytales in audio.

Teaching suggestion
We think that audio story four: The Sleeping Princess may be based upon Princess Victoria. If your class is studying the Tudors, they could re-imagine the life of Princess Elizabeth, destined to become Elizabeth I, in a similar way.

Screenshot from the Enchanted Palace game showing a cartoon style drawing of Princess Victoria and her governess

We enjoyed playing the fun new game Enchanted Palace from Historic Royal Palaces. Screenshot courtesy Historic Royal Palaces

Enchanted Palace game
Historic Royal Palaces created some great Tudor games Henry VIII: heads and hearts and Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill last year to mark the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII's accession to the throne.

Now they've got the game of Enchanted Palace for you. We recommend you have a play first so that you can help pupils negotiate the royals and objects as they endeavour to find all the bits of a broken musical clock before time runs out. One clue we will give you is that the exit from Princess Victoria's room is not the door but the fireplace!

For more Victorian-related games, try our kids' site Show Me.

Enchanted Palace: Cross-curricular and key stage
Why not make a class visit to the exhibition? Go to Kensington Palace Schools and college visits page on Historic Royal Palace's website for more details. We think that a visit to Enchanted Palace would enrich several key stages and curriculum areas from key stage 2 History to A Level Art and Design.

Read our Culture24 review of the exhibition: Royal residence is transformed into the Enchanted Palace to find out more.

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