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Mary Seacole

(1805-1881) Nurse, adventurer, writer

More to make and do

Click here for additional activity ideas by age range. Activities for under 5s encourage play, literacy and creativity. Activities for 6 and up aim to develop art and creativity skills, whilst exploring cross curricular links.

Under 5s

Toy Hospital

6-8 years

Mary’s Adventures

9-11 years

The Board Game

12 years +

Commemorate THIS!


Explore Mary Seacole in our Collection
Look at Mary Seacole’s book Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands
Consider her as a celebrated Black Woman
Read about the unveiling of her statue in London

Healthcare Heroes


Tudor and Elizabethan matching pairs

Test your memory by playing our matching pairs game. Three levels of difficulty make it fun for the whole family.

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Regency familiar faces

Rearrange tiles to uncover sitters from the Gallery's Collection by playing our puzzle game.

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Who do you think you were?

Answer a few lifestyle questions about the Elizabethan period and discover your inner Elizabethan!

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