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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.
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.
Art guide: textiles
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Art guide: textiles

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Explore the different ways textiles are made and used across the world: for ceremonies and status, protection, display, clothing and decorating a home.
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.
British Museum: Pompeii and Herculaneum image bank
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British Museum: Pompeii and Herculaneum image bank

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A slideshow of highlights from the British Museum special exhibition Life and death: Pompeii and Herculaneum (please note this exhibition is no longer open). This image bank, designed for classroom whiteboard use, showcases objects from the exhibition alongside site photographs.
Art guide: death and the afterlife
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Art guide: death and the afterlife

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From the bread buried with mummified Egyptians to Ghanaian coffins in the shape of cameras and eagles and from the Mausoleum of Halikarnassos to early Chinese bronzes, the British Museum’s collection is rich in objects associated with death.
Art guide: the natural world
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Art guide: the natural world

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Throughout history artists have drawn inspiration from and represented the world around them. This shows itself in images of plants, animals and landscape. The objects in the British Museum offer a vast range of resources that students can explore in relation to the natural world. This teacher guide offers ideas to get you started thinking about how the Museum can support work in this area.
Babylon
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Babylon

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This cross-curricular resource provides students with visual encounters with key objects from Babylon, allowing students to become familiar with object identification and vocabulary.
Art guide: symbols
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Art guide: symbols

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Explore the idea that almost everything is symbolic – use this guide for activity ideas with your students. Make collages, design personal logos and discuss how symbols can be transformed.
Discover the Arab World
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Discover the Arab World

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Use the rich collection of the British Museum to explore key themes about Arab people and culture: achievement, art, conflict, diversity, gender and global interaction. Supports teaching about the region at KS3/4 in art and design, history, citizenship and religious education. Includes an image bank plus a booklet and additional teachers' notes.
Insights into Shakespeare - image bank and notes
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Insights into Shakespeare - image bank and notes

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A sequence of images on Shakespeare’s world, including: * London, where Shakespeare wrote and performed his plays, and the city of Venice in Italy, which was the location in a number of plays; * The ancient world: the inspiration for the plays set in the Classical world and ancient Britain; * The medieval world: the inspiration for the British history plays; * The magical world: a world which interacts with, and has an impact on, the human world in a number of plays. The images can be used to explore different aspects of the world in which Shakespeare lived and how this world influenced his plays. Teaching ideas included.
Teaching History with 100 Objects -The Peterloo Handkerchief
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Teaching History with 100 Objects -The Peterloo Handkerchief

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The Peterloo Handkerchief commemorates what became known as the Peterloo Massacre of 16 August, 1819. On that day, more than 60,000 people from Manchester and the surrounding area gathered at St Peter’s Field in the city to demand the right to vote. Local magistrates ordered the arrest of the main speakers and the dispersal of the crowd. Eighteen people were killed and several hundred were injured. In the months that followed, prints, poems and a range of everyday objects such as plaques, jugs, bowls and handkerchiefs were produced in memory of the massacre. The Peterloo Handkerchief is a powerful reminder of this event and, more generally, of people’s long struggle for universal suffrage in Britain. Part of the Teaching History with 100 Objects collection from The British Museum.
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.
Art guide:objects in motion
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Art guide:objects in motion

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The representation of movement has been an interest of artists for millennia. In every culture there are images of people and things moving and objects in which movement is implicit. The British Museum collection is rich in artefacts that demonstrate this theme. This teacher guide offers ideas to get you started thinking about motion in the Museum and suggested projects for the classroom.
The art of Benin
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The art of Benin

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Uncover the famous bronzes from the royal palace in Benin – a glimpse of a thriving ancient civilisation. Includes information on the bronze plaques and a scheme of work.