Famous people from history

Explore our collection of primary and secondary teaching resources that focus on some of the most significant figures from history.

From Rosa Parks to Emmeline Pankhurst, discover the stories behind famous faces who changed the world.

Here are just some of the significant individuals you'll find on this page:

  • Mary Seacole
  • Florence Nightingale
  • Rosa Parks
  • Gandhi
  • Emmeline Pankhust

Primary

Grace Darling: Heroine of the sea
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The life of Mary Seacole
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Neil Armstrong
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Christopher Columbus
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Robert Falcon Scott
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Amelia Earhart
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Ibn Battuta
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Alexander Graham Bell
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Florence Nightingale
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Harriet Tubman
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Isambard Kingdom Brunel
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Mary Anning
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Edward Jenner
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Elizabeth Fry
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Grace Darling
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Rosa Parks
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Thomas Barnardo
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Who was William Shakespeare?
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Charles Darwin: The biggest name in Victorian science
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Isambard Kingdom Brunel: A total genius of engineering
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Pablo Fanque: The greatest Victorian showman
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Florence Nightingale: The founder of modern nursing
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Queen Victoria: The ultimate Victorian
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Famous people
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Secondary

Emmeline Pankhurst and The Suffragettes
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Alex Wheatle and the Brixton Uprising
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Leroy Logan and the Metropolitan Police
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Neil Armstrong - First person on the Moon
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Marie Curie - The person who discovered radium and polonium
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Dr Martin Luther King - American Civil Rights leader
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Nelson Mandela - Freedom fighter and South Africa's first black president
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Helen Keller - The writer who proved her disability was not debilitating
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Gandhi
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The legacy of Alexander the Great
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Elizabeth I
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William Wallace
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History resources from BBC Teach:

History for 7-11 year-olds
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History for 11-14 year-olds
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History for 14-16 year-olds
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