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Who do you think you were?

Who do you think you were?

Who do you think you were?

The reign of Elizabeth I from 1558-1603 was a time of extraordinary enterprise.

New opportunities for creativity and wealth creation in this period saw the beginning of the rise of the so-called ‘middling sort’ or middle classes. Complementing the exhibition Elizabeth I and her People, explore the reign of Elizabeth I through the lives and portraits of her people. Answer a few lifestyle questions about the period and discover your inner Elizabethan!

 

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Scientific techniques

Watch our playlist exploring scientific techniques used by the Gallery to unlock the secrets behind our Tudor portraits.

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Subjects and themes

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Black History Month

Take a tour exploring our Collection created by Alayo Akinkugbe for Black History Month in 2020.

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A Picture of Health

Learn about pioneers in medicine, health and social reform from 1840 to 1920.

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