Teachers' area

Work interactive

Please note that in order to use the interactive, you will need to have Flash 8 or above installed on your computer. You can download the latest Flash player here.

To make best use of the 'explore the painting' interactive, there is an extensive teachers' guide containing worksheets, activity ideas and background information about Ford Madox Brown's Work. The 'Teachers' Guide to using the Work Interactive' can be downloaded in PDF format here. 

Alternatively, you can download the whole teachers' guide in Word here, or each section separately in Word format below so that you can adjust them to create your own activities and worksheets.

Interactive sections

Introduction - this offers an audio-visual introduction to the site and takes you on a journey from the present back to Victorian times.  Download Introduction notes here.

Meet the people - this highlights six characters from the painting who literally come to life out of the painting as actors in video pieces. Download Meet the people notes and a glossary here.

Investigate the painting - here, pupils are encouraged to look really closely at the painting and make discoveries about items within it by following a series of clues. Download Investigate the painting notes here.

Explore the objects - this section looks at the different responses people have to objects and their meanings, encouraging pupils to empathise with different characters. Download Explore the objects notes here.

Take the quiz - this takes the form of audio clips and facts about different characters with a multiple choice quiz and scoreboard. Download Take the quiz notes here.

Victorian websites for schools

Show Me KS2 History resources based on museum and gallery collections
BBC Victorians site
Virtual Victorians site
Cyberhunt on Victorians



Children taking part in a physical workshop

We offer a wide range of programmes and workshops for schools.


Art Treasures

Art Treasures exhibition, image of Sir Thomas Fairbairn, 1857

Discover more about life in Victorian Manchester through the Art Treasures exhibition