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Healthcare Heroes

Activities for children and families inspired by three healthcare heroes from our Collection: Dame Sally Davies, Sir Paul Nurse and Mary Seacole. Find out more about the life and work of these inspirational sitters from our collection, whilst learning together, making and having fun.

Dame Sally Davies

Sir Paul Nurse

Mary Seacole

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View a wide collection of video content on our YouTube channel from past projects to our latest films.

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Artist and sitter interviews

Get insights into creating portraiture from BP Portrait Award 2020 artists and their sitters.

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Sleeping Awake

Watch our film created to say ‘goodbye’ to the Gallery before we closed for our major transformation project.

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