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Key Stage 2 - Marianne North, Victorian plant hunter and artist

In this 90 minute session, primary school students will learn about the life and travels of Marianne North, a Victorian naturalist and prolific botanical artist.

Marianne North Gallery after restoration


During their exploration of the Marianne North Gallery the students will get a feel of what life would have been like for a female world traveller in Victorian times. They will have the opportunity to take a closer look at some of Marianne North’s paintings of plants found on her many trips to countries around the world. The activity will also include a visit to one of our glasshouses to see living examples of some of the plants painted by Marianne North.

  • Length: 90 minutes
  • Group size: 15 students.
  • Important: Max 60 students per day only
  • Minimum supervision required: 1 adult per 8 students.

Learning outcomes

  1. History - knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past, knowledge of Victorian Britain
  2. English - integrating all three elements: 'speaking and listening', 'reading' and 'writing'
  3. Science - Life processes and living things
  4. Geography - investigating a variety of people, places and environments around the world.
  5. Art and design - increasing critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art, craft and design in different times and cultures.
  6. Citizenship - developing a sense of social justice and moral responsibility
  7. PSHE - learning about the wider world and the interdependence of communities within it.