The Wallace Collection

Secondary School Programme

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity! Study the Causes of the French Revolution

Key Stages 3 and 4: 2.5 hour workshop. Maximum 30 students
Key stage 5: 10:00-12:30 (a 2.5 hour workshop) or 10:30-14:30 (a 4-hour workshop where primary sources will be studied in greater depth.) Maximum 25 students.

Students will enter a house filled with the treasures of pre-revolutionary France to discover, at first hand, the luxurious lifestyles of those that could afford it, including the French Royal family. Students will learn that the privileges of the ruling classes were not enough to explain the revolution and that there were many causes of the Revolution. They will look at objects and contemporary documents and, using enquiry skills, test the evidence and make their own historical claims. The session compliments the A-level study topic ‘The Origins and Course of the French Revolution’.

  • Learning from primary sources and weighing up the evidence
  • Discussion and questioning to develop perspective and judgement
  • Thinking critically and sifting arguments


“Our guide was very knowledgeable, which, combined with the extraordinary collection, was superb…the session perfectly complemented our in-class studies.’ Teacher

“I was able to see some beautiful objects during Louis XVI’s reign, with a lot of useful background information. Great tour guide!” Year 8 Pupil

Year-round session

Duration: 2.5 hrs (Key Stages 3 & 4) or 4 hrs (Key Stage 5)

Supports History

For Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5