School children at the Palace of Holyroodhouse
Schools: Edinburgh
The Palace of Holyroodhouse and The Queen's Gallery span 10 centuries of history and over 500 years of art, and provide unique opportunities for creative curriculum based learning.

School Sessions

Double Dutch: Decoding Symbolism in Art

Age group: 
Third and Fourth Levels, Senior Phase
School subjects: 
Art & Design; History
The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

This session focuses on the symbolism of objects in the paintings of Masters of the Everyday .  Our artist will introduce highlights of the exhibition to your class, encouraging pupils to develop their own responses to what they see.  In the Pa ... Read more about Double Dutch: Decoding Symbolism in Art

Secondary pupils in the quadrangle of Palace of Holyroodhouse

Renaissance and Reformation

Age group: 
Third and Fourth Levels, Senior Phase
School subjects: 
Social Studies, History
Palace of Holyroodhouse

As a residence of James IV, V and VI and Mary, Queen of Scots, the Palace of Holyroodhouse was witness to many important events during the Renaissance and Reformation in Scotland. ... Read more about Renaissance and Reformation

Learning Resources

Heart of the Great Alone images: teacher information sheet

Download this document to provide you with useful tips and ideas on using some of these iconic exhibition images within your classroom teaching activities. ... Read more about Heart of the Great Alone images: teacher information sheet

Design a Coat of Arms

Download the activity and design your own Coat of Arms - a design made up of symbols, animals and colours.

If you visit any of the Royal Residences look out for the Coats of Arms or the Royal Standard on display. ... Read more about Design a Coat of Arms