Essential Information

Type Talks and courses
National Maritime Museum
Date and Times 19 October 2021, 9.30am - 3.30pm

In October 2021, Royal Museums Greenwich and Speakers Trust delivered a CPD teacher event to promote how teachers and pupils can use heritage to inspire public speaking to make 21st century connections to the Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I.

The event was a combination of workshops, lectures and an opportunity to hear from students and teachers who participated in the Picture Yourself project and using an iconic portrait as a stimulus and applying it to the classroom.

Workshops focused on practical skills, using heritage to inspire oracy for pupils in their speaking and listening assessments. 

Young voices have been at the heart of this project, and it was wonderful to showcase student speeches and celebrate their achievements.

Picture Yourself CPD teacher event

Meet the speakers


Bird la Bird is a performer who straddles comedy and performance art. Bird creates performative tours and lectures about LGBTQI+ history that focus on working class experience and the history of the British Empire.

A smiling woman wears a t shirt with Evolyoution written on it

Rasheeda Page-Muir is a young poet, facilitator, public speaker, writer and award-winning community organiser from Greenwich. In 2014 Rasheeda founded the organisation RevolYOUtion London providing a platform for young people to discuss social and political issues whilst also supporting new youth organisations in the area. Passionate about intergenerational work, Rasheeda has since begun running community debates where all age groups are welcome to join. Rasheeda has spoken on the world-renowned TED X stage twice, discussing the importance of rap music, feminism and masculinity within contemporary culture. She is a first-class Politics and Social Anthropology graduate from the School of Oriental and African Studies and in 2018 won the Social Activist of the Year Award. Currently, Rasheeda is working as a primary school poetry and spoken word facilitator and developing a poetry EP. 

About Picture Yourself

The Armada National Outreach project has been a partnership between Royal Museums Greenwich and Speakers Trust, designed to engage secondary schools in three areas across the country. The schools benefitted from a national oracy and public-speaking programme, taking the Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I and her Tilbury speech as the starting point and inspiration. 

Learning resources created as part of this project leave a lasting legacy for all schools in using heritage and creativity to support students’ oracy skills. Find out more here.

This event was led by the Royal Museums Greenwich learning team in collaboration with Speakers Trust. It was supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Absolutely fab, well organised. Thanks for everything! RMG and Speakers Trust are highly recommended.

I absolutely loved the hands-on workshops, the inclusion of students at the centre of the programme, being onsite at RMG and getting away for a whole glorious day! I felt so privileged to share the space with other teachers and to hear the young people speak.

Really engaging and inspiring day to share ideas and learn alongside other teachers, and - perhaps most importantly - to hear directly from students. What a fantastic day to learn and take in the RMG collections!

A wonderful opportunity for our students, which empowered personal responses and helped them to articulate their thoughts confidently and fluently.