2012, the year of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, saw a greater emphasis on sport and sporting achievements in public consciousness and within museums. Portraits of local sporting heroes can be used to consider their achievements and what sport means to communities, such as the photograph of early twentieth century swimming star and hero James Clarke in the Museum of Liverpool.
The National Portrait Gallery has a ‘Sport’ box to support teachers and leaders on visits with Special Education Needs groups, as part of a series of new thematic resources for self-directed visits. As well as information about the key portraits, questions for discussion, activity sheets and cross-curricular activities, each box contains handling objects to use in the gallery as you explore the portraits, magnifiers, pencil grips and Makaton symbols to use in the gallery.
Information about the portraits and activities within the Sport Resource Box can be downloaded here >>