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
- Emmeline Pankhust
Grace Darling: Heroine of the sea
A short film telling the story of Grace Darling - the famous Victorian heroine - and her brave sea rescue off the Farne Islands in 1838.
This short animated film for primary pupils takes a look at Christopher Columbus' epic adventures to the Americas.
Robert Falcon Scott
Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated journey to the South Pole is brought to life in this short animated film for primary pupils.
This animated film follows Ibn Battuta’s epic journey and extraordinary exploits after his first pilgrimage to Mecca.
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.
Charles Darwin: The biggest name in Victorian science
A short film exploring the life and work of Charles Darwin and explaining his theory of evolution.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel: A total genius of engineering
A short film exploring the life and work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, explaining who he was and what he did to build Victorian Britain.
Florence Nightingale: The founder of modern nursing
A short film about Florence Nightingale and the work she did to transform nursing during the Victorian era.
Queen Victoria: The ultimate Victorian
A short film about Queen Victoria, explaining the curiosities and inventions that arose during her reign as well as what made her a brilliant monarch.
Emmeline Pankhurst and The Suffragettes
In this series of short films, Sally Lindsay takes a look at the personal loves, losses and political passions that transformed Emmeline Pankhurst from a working mum from Manchester into a militant activist.
Alex Wheatle and the Brixton Uprising
In his own words, this is story of Alex Wheatle MBE, who grew up in a children's home and later became an award-winning writer of books for children and young adults.
Neil Armstrong - First person on the Moon
Dermot O’Leary explains how Neil Armstrong flew planes for the US in the Korean war and as a test pilot before he made history as the first person to walk on the Moon’s surface.
Marie Curie - The person who discovered radium and polonium
Chris Packham explains how Marie Curie’s discovery of polonium and radium changed atomic theory and how her study of radioactivity helped doctors save thousands of lives.
Nelson Mandela - Freedom fighter and South Africa's first black president
Sir Trevor McDonald reports on Nelson Mandela, who went from freedom fighter to become South Africa's first black president.
Helen Keller - The writer who proved her disability was not debilitating
Sanjeev Bhaskar explores the life of Helen Keller, a writer, journalist, activist and ambassador who was deaf and blind but proved her disability was not debilitating.
The legacy of Alexander the Great
In this short film for secondary schools Andrew Marr looks at stories of Alexander’s childhood and upbringing, his imperial conquests and the legacy of his empire.
In this short film Dr Sam Caslin looks at what historical sources can reveal about the personality of Elizabeth I.
History resources from BBC Teach:
History for 7-11 year-olds
Explore short educational history videos suitable for use with primary pupils aged 7-11.
History for 11-14 year-olds
Explore short educational history videos suitable for use with secondary students aged 11-14.