Key stage 4-5
This teachers’ resource Microcosms: Illuminating the Global in Tudor and Early Stuart Portraits written by Dr Lauren Working explores issues of Global exchange, migration and the beginnings of empire through portraiture.
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.
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.
A Picture of Health
A timeline of pioneers in medicine and social reform
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.
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
Regency familiar faces
Rearrange tiles to uncover sitters from the Gallery's Collection by playing our puzzle game
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Identify our Silhouettes
Join enthusiastic contributors who have already identified 155 sitters.
Tell us more about our Silvy sitters
Help us identify the sitters who visited Camille Silvy’s photographic studio during the 1860s.