Portraits are an important primary source of historical evidence. They can give us clues about the ideas, habits, tastes and fashions of the past. It's the next best thing to being there ourselves! This pack consists of 8 portraits from the Tudor and Stuart period, including Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Oliver Cromwell, and takes pupils through the process of investigating the portraits for clues about the sitter and the historical period. The notes provide background information about the subjects of the portraits, and extension activity suggestions to provide a comprehensive and original approach to the study of the period.