Panoramic view of London (MPEE 1/25)
Panoramic view of London (MPEE 1/25)

This session introduces pupils to The National Archives and to some of the famous documents connected with the Great Fire of London, such as the original hearth tax return for Pudding Lane.

The session reviews pupils' current knowledge on the Great Fire and questions how they have learnt about an event that happened beyond living memory. How can they be sure that their story of the Great Fire is accurate?

To conclude the session, pupils discuss what they have discovered from the documents and reflect on whether historians have got the story of the Great Fire correct. Pupils visiting The National Archives will also have the opportunity to examine the original version of Wenceslas Hollar's map of London after the fire, as well as other documents relating to the period.

Session options

This session can be delivered as a

  • Workshop
  • Videoconference
  • Virtual classroom

All activities must be booked in advance.

Tel: +44 (0)20 8392 5365

Fax: +44 (0)20 8487 9202

Available: All year

Cost: Free

Duration: 1.5 hours as a workshop or 45 minutes as a videoconference or virtual classroom

Age: Year 2

Download the resource pack for this session as a PDF (2.41Mb)