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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.

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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.
Bronze Age Britain
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Bronze Age Britain

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Around 2500 BC a new culture arrived in Britain via cross-channel connections with mainland Europe. Bronze gradually replaced stone as the main material for tools and by 2000 BC the period known as the Early Bronze Age had begun. Use the high quality images in our image bank to give your students an introduction to Bronze Age Britain through real objects from the time.
Sutton Hoo
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Sutton Hoo

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Examine some of the beautiful objects found in this famous ship burial, and see what the excavation site looked like. Includes jewellery, coins, helmets and more.
Teaching History with 100 Objects - Britain's Bayeux Tapestry
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Teaching History with 100 Objects - Britain's Bayeux Tapestry

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The original Bayeux tapestry is a 70-metre strip of embroidered linen made in the AD 1070s. It tells a version of the events of AD 1064 - 66, including the death of Edward the Confessor and the Battle of Hastings. This faithful replica of the tapestry was made by 35 skilled women embroiderers so that Britain would have its own copy of the tapestry. It allows exploration of the events that led up to the Norman conquest of England in AD 1066 and provides an opportunity to examine evidence in historical sources. Part of the Teaching History with 100 Objects collection from The British Museum.
The human form: power and devotion
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The human form: power and devotion

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The British Museum’s potential for exploring the human form in world art is unsurpassed. Each of these three presentations for use in the classroom deals with two different aspects of the Human Form. They also provide valuable resources for investigating, form and medium.
Chinese art
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Chinese art

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Jade jewellery, lacquer boxes, porcelain vases and bronze weapons - find out about the materials and decorative techniques used in Chinese art in the Museum's collection.
Greek Women
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Greek Women

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What was life like for women in ancient Greece? This resource uses objects to examine the roles women played in ancient Greece from weaving to ritual ceremonies.
The human form: portraits and adornment
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The human form: portraits and adornment

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The British Museum’s potential for exploring the human form in world art is unsurpassed. Each of these three presentations for use in the classroom deals with two different aspects of the Human Form. They also provide valuable resources for investigating, form and medium.
Celtic Design
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Celtic Design

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Study some of the incredible craftwork of the Iron Age, including brooches, helmets, mirrors, shields and torcs.
Teaching History with 100 Objects -Roman gladiators vase
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Teaching History with 100 Objects -Roman gladiators vase

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This vase was made in Colchester from clay obtained locally. It shows different forms of gladiator combat. These scenes provide direct evidence for types of gladiator as well as acting as a starting point for study of other aspects of this form of public entertainment. Such a distinctively Roman object, made and found in a distant province, raises the issue of how Romanised the people of the empire became. Part of the Teaching History with 100 Objects collection from The British Museum.
History of money
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History of money

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This resource uses objects from throughout the history of money as starting points for activities and discussion on a variety of history and financial education topics.
Teaching History with 100 Objects - Early Chinese writing
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Teaching History with 100 Objects - Early Chinese writing

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This object is called an oracle-bone. From the late Shang period in China, oracle-bones, in this case part of the shoulder blade of an ox, were used for finding out about the future. The writing scratched on these bones is the earliest form of Chinese characters. The object provides an insight into a particular use of writing and the interests and concerns of the rulers of early China. Part of the Teaching History with 100 Objects collection from The British Museum.
Art guide: gods and spirits
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Art guide: gods and spirits

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The British Museum is full of objects and images related to people’s beliefs about the divine or spiritual world. These range from images of gods to objects used in worship. This teacher guide offers ideas to get you started thinking about gods and spirits in the Museum and suggested projects for the classroom.
Art guide: celebration
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Art guide: celebration

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Music, fire, food, dancing, costumes: this guide looks at the significance of celebrations and festivals around the world and encourages students to imagine the sights, sounds and smells.
Teaching History with 100 Objects -Viking treasure
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Teaching History with 100 Objects -Viking treasure

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The valuable objects in this hoard were discovered in 2007. They probably belonged to a powerful Viking who accumulated them through raiding and trading connections across Europe and beyond. The hoard helps us understand more about the Vikings' international connections and about their struggle with the Anglo-Saxons for control of England. Part of the Teaching History with 100 Objects collection from The British Museum.
Painting an Egyptian tomb
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Painting an Egyptian tomb

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How did the Egyptians produce such extraordinary wall paintings? This resource provides a starting point for students to examine painted tombs from ancient Egypt.
Ancient Greece: Hoplites
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Ancient Greece: Hoplites

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What did hoplite warfare look like? By interpreting paintings on pots, students are able to gather evidence about hoplite warefare and the forms it took.
Olympic Games
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Olympic Games

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This resource provides information for teachers on the sporting events and religious rituals of the ancient Olympics. It outlines the background to the games, the different sports, and the programme of events.