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KS3-5 History

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Year 7 - 13

Our History programmes encourage students to learn to think like an historian, to use portraits as historical evidence and to gain an understanding of how key images have helped shape our knowledge of the past.

The portraits help students raise questions and explore how people’s lives have shaped the nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. The collection is an ideal starting point to explore issues of empire, democracy and historical significance for students KS3, GCSE and AS/A-Level.

Gallery session: 90 minutes – unless otherwise stated
One class, maximum 30 pupils

Lecture Theatre Discussion: 1 hour
Maximum 90 students

FREE (unless otherwise stated) Cancellation and non-attendance charges apply. See terms and conditions. Booking Essential.

NEW - Vote 100: Courage, Equality, Commemoration in Portraits

In the centenary year of women gaining the right to vote bring your class to consider the challenges women have faced and overcome. Looking at a series of portraits of pioneering women pupils consider the gains made for equality asking ‘how far we have come and what is left to be done?’. The class discusses concepts of courage and equality and examines the role of portraiture in both campaigning and maintaining legacy. Pupils are invited to decide which woman they would like to see commemorated in a portrait or public sculpture.

Suitable for Years 4, 5, 6 and Years 7, 8, 9 Secondary
Full day workshop: 10.00 – 14.30

Available on following dates:

Tuesday 28 April 2020
Thursday 14 May 2020

Cultural Diversity: Re-presenting people who matter, past and present

Sarah Forbes Bonetta (Sarah Davies) by Camille Silvy Purchased, 1904 NPG Ax61380

Sarah Forbes Bonetta (Sarah Davies) by Camille Silvy
Purchased, 1904
NPG Ax61380

What do photographs and paintings reveal about our past and our present? How do we use images to understand diversity in Victorian England? Why is it important to keep researching and changing how we look at our country’s history? This group of contemporary portraits offers a unique view of modern Britain’s past, present and future.

Full day workshop: 10.00 – 14.30
Suitable for Years 4, 5, 6 and Years 7, 8, 9 Secondary
Free - class 30 pupils

Available on following dates:

Friday 6 March 2020 fully booked
Monday 9 March 2020 fully booked
Monday 23 March 2020 fully booked
Friday 24 April 2020
Monday 11 May 2020 fully booked
Monday 1 June 2020
Friday 19 June 2020

William Shakespeare associated with John Taylorl, circa 1600-1610, NPG 1

Tudors

Students will examine portraits of key personalities from the Tudor period as historical evidence considering how they inform our knowledge of the period. They will learn to think like a historian applying these skills to portraits. Students will explore recent research undertaken as part of the Making Art in Tudor Britain project, to understand how and why such images were made.

Duration 60 minutes

Image: William Shakespeare associated with John Taylorl, circa 1600-1610, NPG 1

King Charles I; Sir Edward Walker by Unknown artist, circa 1650, NPG 1961

Lead up to the Civil War

Students examine portraits from the civil war and the decades preceding it and consider the reliability of these images as historical sources.

During the autumn term this session is only available in the lecture theatre.

Duration 60 minutes

Image: King Charles I; Sir Edward Walker by Unknown artist, circa 1650, NPG 1961