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Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London of 1666

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This resource has been developed from this project by Museums Sheffield in association with the National Portrait Gallery and focuses on the portrait of Samuel Pepys by John Halys. It contains downloadable information and resources for teachers and an online interactive for KS1 students to act as a learning aid for the study of 17th Century Britain. (KS1 children may need adult help in reading some of the instructions and information in the interactive).

Background information and further teachers' resources on the Great Fire of London and Samuel Pepys can be found by following the Related Links at the bottom of the page.

Curriculum Link:

KS1 History, Unit 5 - How do we know about the Great Fire of London?


Learning Outcomes:

  • To recognise that Samuel Pepys was an eyewitness and that he lived a very long time ago
  • To sequence events on a timeline
  • To compare a 17th Century house with their own house.


Young people from Tapton School and Wybourn Youth Trust worked with Museums Sheffield to create added interpretation for historical portraiture within the Graves Gallery. As part of this project the National Portrait Gallery lent three magnificent portraits to the collection: Samuel Pepys, Nell Gwyn and Mary Beale. In considering these loans, as well as works within Sheffield’s own collection, the young people developed some innovative ideas to help understand and enjoy historical portraiture.

Google map: this is where the Graves Art Gallery is»

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  • Posted by polly hathaway on 29/04/2010

    i like this portrait in the national gallery i like learning about the fire of london

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