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From worksheets to online interactives, our resources are all full of historical facts, insights and fun learning opportunities

Royal Photography - A Collection of Resources

Windsor Castle is home to the Royal Photograph Collection - part of the wider Royal Collection which is one of the most important art collections in the world.
There are around 500,000 photographs in the Royal Collection, acquired by British monarchs, their consorts and other members of the royal family from 1842 to the present day. The photographs consist of portraits of royalty from Britain, Europe and beyond; portraits of celebrities and statesmen; architectural, topographical and landscape works from around the world, exterior and interior studies of royal residences, 20th century press photographs, and photographs taken by members of the Royal family.

These resources have been collated to supplement a study of / visit to the exhibition below which explores the evolution of Royal portrait photography from Beaton in the 1920s to photographers, such as Leibovitz, in the present day. Examining the relationship between the sitter and the photographer, as well as the change in status of both the photographer and photography itself, the display will feature over 150 stunning portraits of the Royal Family.

Royal Portraits: A Century of Photography
An exhibition exploring the evolution of royal portrait photography from the 1920s to the present day.

Visit an Exhibition

Why not visit a photography exhibition. Perhaps the most important starting point for visiting and exhibition is to have an open mind - a willingness to take time and look slowly, to think and question what you see. This resource supports a study of / visit to the above exhibition, but could be used to support the intrepid young visitor to any photography exhibition.

Visit an Exhibition (Go on!)

Ideas on Photography

It could be said that photography has two elements - the scientific and the artistic and that photographs can be beautiful objects but also give us a great deal of factual information. This resource contains a collection of activities which will develop our thinking as to what constitutes a work of art, and whether photography can be considered an artform.

Ideas on Photography

Family Photographs

Photographs can be used to illustrate your family tree, depicting the different generations in your family, just like in this postcard showing the family tree of Queen Victoria’s son, King Edward VII. Why not try to create a family tree of the generations in your family, or in your house? Start with a photograph of yourself at the bottom and then work up the page. You can include anyone you consider YOUR family!

Family Photographs Activity

Living in Colour

In the days before colour photography, photographs were printed in black and white. In order to make these pictures seem more realistic, artists would add colour to a photograph by hand, using paints. Sometimes adding colour could truly bring a photograph to life, as it does in this photograph of a horse and trappings. You might even try to add some colour to a copy of a black and white photograph to see the difference!

Living in Colour - Activity

Finding the Truth with Photographs

Do photographs always depict the truth? This resource forms a complete workshop and explores media representation of current affairs using the war photography of Roger Fenton in The Crimean War. The resources have been produced by 'The Economist Educational Foundation' and support teachers in facilitating high-quality classroom discussions about the news today.

Workshop Resources

Create Fun Silhouette Photographs

The silhouette portrait ­– a profile image in a single colour, usually black against a white background – was a popular form of portraiture in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Photographers have experimented with silhouettes too, as this image of Queen Elizabeth II by Alan Shawcross demonstrates. Have a go yourself!

Create fun silhouette photographs

The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.