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 Florence Nightingale to Alexander the Great, discover the stories behind famous faces who changed the world.
Here are just some of the significant individuals you'll find on this page:
- Henry VIII
- Elizabeth I
- Samuel Pepys
- Christopher Columbus
- Rosa Parks
- Emmeline Pankhust
Victorians: The life of Mary Seacole
The life and adventures of Mary Seacole told in three short video episodes.
Alexander Graham Bell
Alexander Graham Bell tells the story of his life and describes how he invented the telephone.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Isambard Kingdom Brunel shares how he became an engineer and tunnelled through Box Hill.
Elizabeth Fry describes how she reformed life for prisoners and their families in prison.
Thomas Barnardo tells the story of setting up his first home for London's street children.
An exploration of life in Britain at the time of Boudica’s rebellion through the eyes of a typical family.
Henry VIII and Elizabeth I
Find out about the lives of two extraordinary Tudor monarchs: Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.
Stephenson, Anning, Brunel and Queen Victoria
Celebrating famous Victorians: the Stephensons, Brunel, Mary Anning and Queen Victoria herself.
Columbus and Magellan
A song celebrating two great explorers - Christopher Columbus and Ferdinand Magellan.
Emmeline Pankhurst and The Suffragettes
In this series of short films, Sally Lindsay takes a rare look at the personal loves, losses and political passions that transformed Emmeline Pankhurst from a working mum from Manchester into a militant activist.
Andrew Marr describes how Mahatma Gandhi led India to independence during British led rule through a campaign of civil disobedience.
Magna Carta and the Stuart kings
Clashes between King and Parliament had their origins in the battle for rights at Runnymede.
This short film explores the impact of Charles I’s personality on the outbreak of the Civil War.
More From BBC Teach
Free teacher classroom resources suitable for use in History lessons with primary school children at Key Stage 2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and at 1st and 2nd Level in Scotland.
Free teacher classroom resources suitable for use in Religious Studies lessons with secondary school children at Key Stage 4 and GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and at National 4 and 5 in Scotland.