Object-led inspiration for the Huge History competition

Further teaching support for the Huge History competition

Tes Resources Team


Back in October, the Huge History Lesson competition was launched and we compiled some of our best resources for teaching historical enquiry skills in both primary and secondary classrooms. 

Thanks to the British Museum’s Teaching History with 100 Objects collection, we can bring you specific objects to encourage historical enquiry, which are linked directly to the curriculum.  The resource pack for each object includes an image, an information sheet, teaching points, discussion ideas and links to videos and other interesting sources.

Objects for primary

  • Roman gladiator vase – Made in Colchester, the vase works as a basis for a discussion about gladiatorial combat as a form of entertainment and the Romanisation of the people of the empire.
  • Vale of York hoard – Understand more about the Vikings’ international connections and their struggle with the Anglo-Saxons for the control of England by studying these treasures.
  • Eye of Horus amulet – This religious symbol of healing and medicine can be used to shed light on the beliefs of ancient Egyptians and as a starting point for looking at Egyptian gods.
  • Anglo-Saxon woman’s key – Explore the appearance, status and lives of women in early Anglo-Saxon society with this interesting object, typically found in women’s graves.

Objects for secondary

  • Aircraft factory work passFurther develop study of the impact of the Second World War on life in Britain, including the changing roles of women, with the remains of this document.
  • Provisional IRA poster – This poster is striking starting point for exploring the role and impact of the British army and the Troubles in Northern Ireland more generally.
  • First passenger locomotive – Discover more about how the rapid adoption of railways impacted passenger rail travel in Victorian Britain by more closely examining this achievement of nineteenth century engineering.
  • Thomas Clarkson’s campaign chest – Use this intricate chest to find out more about the methods used by the campaigners that contributed to the abolition of slavery and the slave trade in Britain and the Americas.

No artefacts to suit your current topic here? Search for more via the Teaching History with 100 Objects resources on TES.  For more guidance on supporting your pupils as they complete their HHL entries, take a look at this step-by-step student guide.