History

Discover more about our collection and learn to read portraits as historical evidence.

Abolition of slavery

Exploring the history of slavery and its abolition on the 200th anniversary of the passing of the Act to abolish the Slave Trade in Britain in 1807.

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The First World War

Selected objects from the National Portrait Gallery and partner museums provide visual evidence of the War in its local, national and international contexts.

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Mary Seacole

Resources designed to assist teachers to make use of Mary Seacole's portrait in teaching a wide range of subjects.

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A Picture of Health

A timeline of pioneers in medicine and social reform

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First World War

Explore resources focusing on the War and its local and national context

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The Anti-Slavery Society Convention

A guide to the painting, The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840 by Benjamin Robert Haydon.

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Great Reform Act

A guide to looking at The House of Commons, 1833 by Sir George Hayter.

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Step into the Frame: Tudor and Jacobean

A Resource for Teachers of History and other subjects at Key Stage 3 using Tudor and Jacobean portraits.

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The Face of Britain

To coincide with Simon Schama's The Face of Britain exhibition and the accompanying BBC TV series, this resource highlights 10 portraits that demonstrate how the nation has changed over time.

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