Significant Black figures in British history

Explore the long history of Black people in Britain through portraits. Learn about the achievements, contributions and impact of significant Black figures on British culture and society through discussion and creative activities.

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    Aina (Sarah Forbes Bonetta (later Davies)),    by Camille Silvy,    15 September 1862,    NPG Ax61384,    © National Portrait Gallery, London
Aina (Sarah Forbes Bonetta (later Davies)), by Camille Silvy, 15 September 1862

Session duration: 90 mins

Free

Primary, key stage 2

This session is for one class of up to thirty students to take part.

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Learning objectives

  1. Explore the lives of significant Black people from the past, and their impact on Britain, through their portraits.
  1. Use portraits and key portrait elements including clothing, objects, pose and expression as evidence of the past.
  1. Recognise that some people from History have been ignored or unrecorded through portraits; this includes Black people.