Guy Fawkes: teaching ideas and resources

By Rachel Hayward | 28 October 2010
Engraving from the NPG showing the 1605 Gunpowder Plot bearded conspirators including Guy Fawkes wearing the Stuart fashion of large floppy and feathered hats and cloaks
The Gunpowder Plot Conspirators by Heinrich Ulrich, line engraving, early 17th Century© National Portrait Gallery, London
In 1605, Guy Fawkes and a group of fellow conspirators plotted to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill King James 1.

Help your class discover the truth behind Bonfire Night and November 5 - a grisly, bloody and horrible history of murder, secrets and lies - with our pupil-friendly round-up, Bonfire Night: the real story of Guy Fawkes, on our kids’ site Show Me. The sparky and free resources we've gathered together in the piece all come from UK museums, galleries and archives.

There are direct links to large images, interactive activities and more from the National Portrait Gallery, The National Archives and the Parliamentary Archives. It’s a perfect resource for the interactive whiteboard or project work.

We highly recommend the Parliamentary Archives’ Gunpowder Plot microsite. The Children’s Zone is linked to from our Show Me story but there’s also a handy Adult Zone with Teachers’ Resources full of key stages 1-2 and key stages 3-4 teaching material for you.

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