Our sixth form historians studying Britain between 1846 and 1894 were given a unique tour of Westminster Palace thanks to local MP Mark Hunter on what turned out to be a typically dramatic day in parliament.
Thrilling and unique experience
The Liberal Democrat MP for Cheadle gave our pupils not only the chance to see the working life of parliament, but to walk in the footsteps of the likes of Palmerston, Gladstone and Disraeli. To stand at the dispatch box where generations of British prime ministers had stood and created their own history was a thrilling and unique experience.
The tour also let our pupils witness parliamentary drama first-hand on a day of high-profile resignations and the visit of the Duchess of Cornwall, before they joined Mr Hunter in a private committee room overlooking the Thames to discuss the challenges facing British society today.
After their visit to the Houses of Parliament, our pupils took to the sky to see the dramatic London skyline from the London Eye – from breathtaking views of the newly-built Shard to old favourites like the Gherkin and St Paul’s Cathedral.