Essential Information

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

Join Royal Museums Greenwich and Speakers Trust to discover how teachers and pupils can use heritage to inspire public speaking to make 21st century connections to the Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I.

Hear first-hand from teachers the benefits of using creative approaches in oracy, using an iconic portrait as a stimulus and applying it to the classroom.

The event will be a combination of workshops, lectures and opportunities to hear from students and teachers who participated in the Picture Yourself project. 

Workshops will focus on practical skills, using heritage to inspire oracy for those under-confident pupils in your school in their speaking and listening assessments. There will be opportunities for peer discussion to embed these ideas within your classroom and enable you to feel empowered to cascade the learning opportunities in your setting.

Young voices have been at the heart of this project, and we will be taking this opportunity to showcase student speeches and celebrate their achievements.

After 3.30pm, participants are welcome to see the Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I, have a tour of the Queen’s House and receive free entry to our latest exhibition: Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits. 

Sign up for the online event

If you cannot get to us in person and you would like to join in, then sign up for our online event instead. Keynote speeches and teacher presentations will be livestreamed from our lecture theatre at the National Maritime Museum. You will then be able to take part in an interactive workshop led by Speakers Trust, focusing on practical skills using heritage to inspire oracy and for those under confident pupils in your school in their speaking and listening assessments.


Important information

This event takes place at the National Maritime Museum, the Queen’s House and surrounds. Keynote speeches and teacher presentations will be livestreamed from our lecture theatre and film recordings made available on request after the event. Each element of the programme will comply with government COVID-19 guidance relevant at the time.  Should government guidance prohibit gathering in person, there will be digital recordings and webinars instead.

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

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