Teachers' Notes

Resource created by the Thackray Museum with help from develoment partners: 

  • Shakespeare Primary School
  • St Augustine’s Roman Catholic Primary School
  • Jamaica Society, Leeds
  • Florence Nightingale Museum
  • Education Leeds   


This resource features activities, factsheets and information about Mary Seacole and her contribution to medicine and healthcare. It looks at her life, why she went to Turkey to help soldiers injured in the Crimean War, and what happened as a result of her work. 

It also includes online interactive activities for students

 Teachers may wish to use the resource to discuss the similarities and differences between Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale. Comparisons can be made between traditional remedies used by Mary Seacole and medicines today, in both Britain and Jamaica.


Mary Seacole as an Elderly Lady

Curriculum Links

  • KS1  History: the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.
  • KS2  History: Changes in an aspect of social history  (healthcare)


Learning Objectives

After using these resources most children will have a greater understanding of Mary Seacole.

  • Knowledge: Gain increased knowledge of Mary Seacole and understanding of her contribution to healthcare
  • Understanding:  Understanding and appreciation of different approaches to medicine across time and culture
  • Skills:  Establish prior knowledge on the subject, and confidence in developing and using e-learning resources. Develop research skills.


Downloadable Resources and Activity Ideas

The following resources are all available to download. 

  • Quiz 1 with multi-choice answers for each question
  • Quiz 2 with spaces for pupils to write their own answers
  • Glossary of key words used in the resources
  • Teachers' factsheet - further information about Mary Seacole
  • Students' A4 factsheet - Meet Mary Seacole
  • Downloadable images - of ingredients and equipment Mary Seacole used which can be printed for handouts or used in worksheets.
  • Spot the difference activity  - two pictures of a hospital ward, one dirty and one clean; spot the differences before and after Mary's work then colour them in 
  • Picture activity - a PDF of six A4 line drawings showing six stages in Mary Seacole's life, which can be coloured in and put into chronological order.