Schools and Colleges

Explore the themes of gender and identity in this series of events aimed at teachers and students.

Oscar Wilde by Napoleon Sarony albumen panel card, 1882 12 in. x 7 1/4 in. (305 mm x 184 mm) Purchased, 1976 NPG P24

Oscar Wilde
by Napoleon Sarony
© National Portrait Gallery, London

‘Speak Its Name’ – Teachers’ Seminar exploring gender, identity and LGBT+ history

Thursday 15 June 2017
17.45 – 20.00

In the lead up to Pride Festival 2017 join us to explore ways to use portraits from our Collection to inclusively teach LGBT+ history across the curriculum. Key speakers from the LGBT+ community talk exclusively to teachers about their work, raising questions and offering strategies and lines of enquiry for bringing LGBT+ history to the classroom. 2017 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual behaviour in England and Wales and, at the Gallery, offers the opportunity for students and pupils to reflect on a key moment when notions of sexuality and identity were being questioned and attitudes transformed. 

Guest Speakers:

Dr Justin Bengry - Lecturer in Queer History at Goldsmiths, University of London
Peter Tatchell – LGBT+ & Human Rights activist and writer
Dr Elly BarnesMBE - CEO and Founder ofEducate & Celebrate’ charity that transform schools into LGBT+ friendly places and promotes an LGBT+ inclusive curriculum 

The Gallery is pleased to be able to offer this event for free. Please note that to cover costs there will be a charge of £20 per head for no shows or cancellations made after 10.00 Monday 12 June. We will be able to offer spaces to those on the waiting list after 10.00 Monday 12 June. 

Speak its name publication


Speak its Name!

The Gallery’s publication Speak its Name! Quotations by and about gay men and women can be used as a source of inspiration to stimulate classroom discussion around art, gender, identity, and the achievements and contributions made by LGBTQI figures throughout history. The book contains over 150 quotes and portraits of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from the Gallery’s Collection, which can be used to inspire and develop your students’ creative and critical thinking and understanding of LGBTQI history.