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Year 7 History and Art Trip

On Tuesday 13th November, Year 7 left Lanesborough for a daytrip to London to visit Westminster Abbey and the National Gallery.

We travelled by coach and were dropped off at the Abbey, known most famously in recent times as the place of marriage between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the funeral of HRH Princess Diana. The highlights of this part of the trip included seeing the Coronation chair and observing the burial plaques and tombs of numerous monarchs including: Edward the Confessor, Henry III, Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots. We also visited Poets’ Corner where we saw burial plaques for Charles Dickens and Rudyard Kipling, among others. However, hearing the hush descend and seeing how respectful visitors were for the 11 o’clock prayers was certainly memorable.

Having eaten our lunch in St. James’ Park and walked past the Treasury and Cabinet War rooms, we assembled in Trafalgar Square before heading into the National Gallery. We looked at three paintings in particular – ‘The Ambassadors’ by Hans Holbein,’ Charles I’ by Anthony Van Dyck and ‘Whistlejacket’ by George Stubbs. We had an Education Officer talking to us enabling us to really look at, analyse and discuss the paintings which allowed us to form our own opinions. My favourite was Stubbs’ “Whistlejacket.”

A big thank you goes to Mrs Haynes, Mr Bennett and Mrs Payne for making such an enjoyable trip possible.

Angus L

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