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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.
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.
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.
Romanisation in Britain
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Romanisation in Britain

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Explore the process of Romanisation in Britain. This resource, for A-level students, looks at how Roman and native culture became mixed to create a complex and diverse society in Britain.
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.
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.
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: Identity
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Art guide: Identity

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This teacher guide offers ideas to get you started thinking about how different forms of identity are represented in the British Museum and suggested projects for the classroom. The presentation can be used in the classroom as a freestanding resource or to prepare for a visit to the Museum.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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 - Seal-die of an English baron
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Teaching History with 100 Objects - Seal-die of an English baron

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This object, known as a seal-die, is a metal mould from which the owner's emblem can be imprinted in wax. This one belonged to Robert Fitzwalter, a powerful English baron heavily involved in forcing the English king, John, to agree to Magna Carta in 1215. It offers insights into the intrigues behind Magna Carta, into medieval notions of knighthood and chivalry and into social diversity in the Middle Ages. Part of the Teaching History with 100 Objects collection from The British Museum.
Teaching History with 100 Objects - Russian revolutionary plate
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Teaching History with 100 Objects - Russian revolutionary plate

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This plate, decorated four years after the Russian Revolution, depicts a worker trampling the word Kapital to release the dynamic forces of a new industrial order for the benefit of the workers. It was designed by Mikhail Mikhailovich Adamovich (1884 – 1947) and its symbolism sends a striking message about the total destruction of the old capitalist, imperialist system. It offers a chance to explore the history of change in the years following the revolution, the nature of socialist ideology and the use and workings of propaganda. Part of the Teaching History with 100 Objects collection from The British Museum.
Teaching History with 100 Objects -A Qing dynasty altar set
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Teaching History with 100 Objects -A Qing dynasty altar set

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This Buddhist altar-set was created in the court glass workshops of the Qianlong emperor, third ruler of the last of the Chinese imperial dynasties, the Qing (1644 – 1912). The shape of the incense burner draws on centuries of tradition whilst the skill in carving glass drew on Chinese expertise in carving jade. The glass technology draws on European glass-making expertise which arrived in the Qing court with the Jesuit missions of the AD 1600s and 1700s. The altar-set provides an opportunity to study the interplay of tradition and innovation in China and the impact of growing western interests. Part of the Teaching History with 100 Objects collection from The British Museum.