KS3-5 Citizenship



Year 7 - 13

The National Portrait Gallery Collection contains life stories that reflect many aspects of British society past and present.  The portraits help students raise questions and explore issues of identity, democracy and human rights making an ideal starting point for citizenship learning for students KS3, GCSE and AS/A-Level.

Gallery session: 90 minutes – unless otherwise stated
One class, maximum 30 pupils

Lecture Theatre Discussion: 1 hour
Maximum 138 students

FREE (unless otherwise stated) Cancellation and no-show charges apply. See terms and conditions


Peter Tatchell, by Polly Borland, November 1999 - NPG  - © Polly Borland

Peter Tatchell
by Polly Borland
November 1999
NPG x88486

Inspiring Action
Peter Tatchell: Campaigning for Equality and Rights

Friday 26 February 2016,
10.30-11.30
Ondaatje Wing Lecture Theatre

A unique opportunity to for secondary Citizenship students to meet activist and writer Peter Tatchell - who started campaigning at age fifteen. Learn about people in the National Portrait Gallery Collection who have inspired him (including Mahatma Ghandi and Sylvia Pankhurst) and explore the impact of his work on issues of human rights, democracy, civil liberties, LGBT equality and global justice, asking, ‘what you can do to change your world?’

Suitable for secondary Citizenship students – KS3 +

£5 per student (Including Booking Fees)

Cancellation and non-attendance charges apply. See terms and conditions

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Images of Power: From Divine Right to Democracy

Students trace the process of establishing parliamentary democracy in Britain through images from three different periods – the reign of Charles I and the interregnum, The House of Commons in 1833 and a selection of recent and present day politicians.


Campaign for the Abolition of Slavery

Looking at key figures along the road to abolition, this session culminates in an exploration of the large scale painting showing Thomas Clarkson addressing the Anti-Slavery convention of 1840. Students consider how individuals work together to bring about major social change, considering the roles of different groups of people, British men, women and freed slaves.


Votes for Women

Students analyse portraits of figures, male and female in both the suffrage and anti- suffrage movements. Students explore the sitters’ representation in the portraits and consider how public perception of their activities has changed over time.

This session takes place in the Ondaatje Wing Lecture Theatre and concludes considering portraits in the Victorian and Early Twentieth Century Galleries.


Image banner: Photograph Marysa Dowling ©National Portrait Gallery, London