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The Making of a Pioneer: Podcasts

Listen to a series of podcasts exploring the lives of pioneering women, past and present, including Pauline Boty, Shami Chakrabarti, Emily Brontë, Mary Wollstonecraft, Germaine Greer, and Vanessa Bell. A collaboration between British clothing and lifestyle brand TOAST and the National Portrait Gallery.

Mary Wollstonecraft

Germaine Greer

Vanessa Bell

Emily Bronte

Shami Chakrabarti

Pauline Boty with Ali Smith

Do, draw and make!

Do, draw and make!

From building dens to food faces – enjoy our Playful Portraits activities and find out about some brilliant people!

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Healthcare Heroes

Activities for children and families inspired by three healthcare heroes from our Collection.

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Learning resources

Downloadable and web based resources to support learning at home linked to art, history, citizenship and literacy.

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