Tudors: the world in a portrait

Come face to face with the Tudors to analyse their iconic portraits and discover hidden histories. 

Your class will explore what portraits can reveal about the Tudors’ growing connections with the wider world. They will discover how portraits were used to project an image of wealth, power and status on an increasingly global stage.

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    Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh),    by Unknown English artist,    1588,    NPG 7,    © National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh), by Unknown English artist, 1588

Session duration: 90 mins


Secondary, key stages 4 and 5

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

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Learning objectives

  1. Discover and investigate significant figures from the Tudor period through portraiture. 
  1. Explore diverse stories and people from the Tudor period.
  1. Investigate the historical context and impact of Tudor portraits.
  1. Develop historical enquiry and interpretation skills, using portraits as evidence to learn about the past.