The British Museum holds in trust for the nation and the world a collection of art and antiquities from ancient and living cultures. This collection offers a rich source of inspiration for teachers. Our classroom and visit resources support object-based learning across the curriculum and are designed to meet the varied needs of students from EYFS through to Key Stage 5.
This alabaster panel shows the moment when four knights murdered Archbishop Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, following misconstrued instructions from King Henry II. Panels such as this were destroyed during the Reformation and it is only due to their popularity across medieval Europe that so many examples survive today. The object offers a starting point for studying a range of aspects of the medieval period from the struggle between church and state to the nature and importance of religious devotion.
Part of the Teaching History with 100 Objects collection from The British Museum.
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