30th July 2008
Envisage - design and build exhibition specialists have been commissioned to build an exhibition space at the Tower of London.
Back in 1381, the Peasants Revolt took place which is an important event in the history of England. A group of rebels including John Ball, Wat Tyler and Jack Straw stormed the Tower of London in a protest to the Poll Tax. They summarily executed those hiding there including the Lord Chancellor – (Simon of Sudbury, the Archbishop of Canterbury) and the Lord Treasurer (Robert de Hales).
The following day negotiations with the king were arranged, but their plan went horribly wrong. The Mayor of London drew his sword and fatally wounded Tyler. The king however made promises that their demands would be met. This was a ploy to capture the usurpers and the leaders of the Revolt were executed.
Envisage have installed a display in the Constable Tower -one that survived the riot – which tells this fascinating story in the form of a series of vignettes that light to show how the events unfolded during the day. A model of the castle, also helps illustrate what happened over 700 years ago.
30 July 2008 marks the opening of the exhibition and a range of siege weapons with be demonstrated at the tower.