KS3-5 Cross-Curricular

The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840
by Benjamin Robert Haydon
NPG 599

Year 7 - 13

The National Portrait Gallery Collection contains life stories that reflect many aspects of British society past and present. The portraits help students raise questions and explore issues of identity, democracy and human rights making an ideal starting point for cross-curricular learning 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

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Inspiring Action
Mary Wollstonecraft: then and now

Wednesday 7 March 2018
10.30 – 11.30
This session is suitable for KS3+ Students

£5 per student

Bring your secondary students for a unique opportunity to consider Mary Wollstonecraft’s achievements, her impact and legacy in our world today. Writer, journalist, activist and chair of ‘Mary on the Green’ the campaign to commemorate Mary with a memorial statue, Bee Rowlatt, examines Wollstonecraft’s belief in equality and diversity in society and asks students to consider ‘How far have we come and what is left to be done?’ while exploring the role portraiture has to play in keeping her legacy alive.

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Images of Power: From Divine Right to Democracy

Students trace the process of establishing parliamentary democracy in Britain through images from three different periods – the reign of Charles I and the interregnum, The House of Commons in 1833 and a selection of recent and present day politicians.

Campaign for the Abolition of Slavery

Looking at key figures along the road to abolition, this session culminates in an exploration of the large scale painting showing Thomas Clarkson addressing the Anti-Slavery convention of 1840. Students consider how individuals work together to bring about major social change, considering the roles of different groups of people, British men, women and freed slaves.

Votes for Women

Students analyse portraits of figures, male and female in both the suffrage and anti- suffrage movements. Students explore the sitters’ representation in the portraits and consider how public perception of their activities has changed over time.

This session takes place in the Ondaatje Wing Lecture Theatre and concludes considering portraits in the Victorian and Early Twentieth Century Galleries.

Tudor Symbolism and Propaganda

Students learn to decode messages in Tudor portraits. They consider portraiture from point of view of both sitter and artist exploring how these images were created and for what purposes.

Image banner: Photograph Marysa Dowling ©National Portrait Gallery, London