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The British Museum

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.
Art guide: Sculpture
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Art guide: Sculpture

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From the idealised human forms of the Greeks to Assyrian palace reliefs, find out more about sculpture and its use in different cultural settings worldwide.
Teaching History with 100 Objects - Enigma cipher machine
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Teaching History with 100 Objects - Enigma cipher machine

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This is one of thousands of Enigma machines used during World War II by German forces to encrypt secret radio communications. The Germans believed the encrypted messages created by Enigma were indecipherable. A large team of workers, based at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, succeeded in developing techniques that allowed the German codes to be deciphered. The Enigma machine provides an exciting starting point for several enquiries including the role of code breaking in the conduct of the war, the contribution made by women to the war effort and the development of the digital age. Part of the Teaching History with 100 Objects collection from The British Museum.
Maths: Colour
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Maths: Colour

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Some striking examples of the use of colour by a variety of artists and craftworkers from ancient to modern times, specially chosen for their suitability for younger students. An image slideshow and accompanying notes.
Understanding masks from Africa
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Understanding masks from Africa

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This slideshow puts African masks and masquerade into context as crucial parts of larger festivals involving music, dance and celebration. The resource highlights the different cultures the masks come from and encourages research and enquiry through the critical examination of objects.
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.
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.
Roman music
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Roman music

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A guide to the types of musical instruments used by the Romans - from rattles and drums to pipes and lyres.
Teaching History with 100 Objects - Tribute from Nubia
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Teaching History with 100 Objects - Tribute from Nubia

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This wall painting from the tomb of the treasury official Sebekhotep depicts a Nubian diplomatic mission bringing tribute to the Egyptian court. The exchange of gifts between rulers was an important element of ancient diplomacy, allowing nations to display their wealth and generosity at the same time as accessing the commodities they needed. Paintings like this provide a wealth of information about Egypt's economy and its relations with neighbouring lands. Part of the Teaching History with 100 Objects collection from The British Museum.
Teaching History with 100 Objects - Glorious Revolution playing cards
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Teaching History with 100 Objects - Glorious Revolution playing cards

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This pack of playing cards illustrates the events leading up to the Glorious Revolution of 1688 that resulted in the deposition of James II and the accession of his daughter Mary II and her husband, William III, prince of Orange and stadholder of the United Provinces of the Netherlands. The cards provide a good opportunity to study how everyday objects were used to spread political, religious and social propaganda. Part of the Teaching History with 100 Objects collection from The British Museum.
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.
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.
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.