KS3-5 History

Year 7 - 13

Our History programmes encourage students to learn to think like an historian, to use portraits as historical evidence and to gain an understanding of how key images have helped shape our knowledge of the past.

The portraits help students raise questions and explore how people’s lives have shaped the nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. The collection is an ideal starting point to explore issues of empire, democracy and historical significance 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



Tudors / Elizabethans

The Real Tudors
Available from 12 September 2014 - 1 March 2015

Students will examine portraits of Tudor monarchs as historical evidence considering how they inform our knowledge of the period. They will learn to think like a historian applying these skills to both portraits and key objects – the monarch’s prized possessions – in the display. Students will explore recent research undertaken as part of the Making Art in Tudor Britain project, to understand how and why such images were made.

We are able to offer a guided tour of the special display or a Lecture Theatre discussion as an introduction to the Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered followed by a self-guided visit of the display. BOOKING ESSENTIAL

If you require a tour/lecture theatre discussion on other aspects of Tudor or Elizabethan period or for Summer Term 2015 please ring to discuss possibilities.


 

King Charles I; Sir Edward Walker by Unknown artist circa 1650 NPG 1961King Charles I; Sir Edward Walker
by Unknown artist
circa 1650
NPG 1961

Lead up to the Civil War

Students examine portraits from the civil war and the decades preceding it and consider the reliability of these images as historical sources.














 

Florence Nightingale receiving the Wounded at Scutari' by Jerry Barrett circa 1856 NPG 4305Florence Nightingale receiving the Wounded at Scutari'
by Jerry Barrett
circa 1856
NPG 4305

Victorians: Portraiture, Propaganda and Power

Consider how portraits, including Queen Victoria, were constructed to give powerful messages about Britain and its relationship with the wider world.















Ayuba Suleiman Diallo (Job ben Solomon) by William Hoare 1733 NPG L245Ayuba Suleiman Diallo (Job ben Solomon)
by William Hoare
1733
NPG L245

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. They discuss the similarities and differences with modern campaigns and explore how attitudes have changed over time.


















Queen Elizabeth I by Unknown English artist circa 1588 NPG 541Queen Elizabeth I
by Unknown English artist
circa 1588
NPG 541

AS/A2 Tudor History Study Day

Comprehensive and unique Study Days developing historical skills required for source investigation. Visiting both the National Portrait Gallery and the Tower of London, groups participate in workshops studying portraiture and architecture from your chosen period. National Portrait Gallery gives a lecture theatre discussion followed by the opportunity for group work in front of portraits.

Available dates on the following Fridays:

16 January 2015
23 January 2015
30  January 2015
13  February 2015
20 March 2015
24 April 2015

Select from the following topics:

Henry VII
Mid-Tudor
Elizabethans

Maximum 30 students
Cost £11 per student, paid to the Tower of London to cover costs incurred. For more information or to book, please contact the Tower of London Education Service on 020 3166 6654 http://www.hrp.org.uk/howtobookeducationattoweroflondon


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