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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.
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: 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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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 - A Victorian Disaster
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Teaching History with 100 Objects - A Victorian Disaster

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Given out as a prize to a member of the audience at the end of a children's entertainment show, this rocking horse is a poignant reminder of the disaster that occurred on 16 June 1883 in the Victoria Hall, Sunderland, when 183 children were tragically crushed to death. Shows of this kind, especially aimed at children of the poor, were examples of philanthropic or charitable activities common in Victorian Britain. The horse offers an opportunity to explore 19th century childhood, philanthropy and social reform. Part of the Teaching History with 100 Objects collection from The British Museum.
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.
People of Iron Age Britain
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People of Iron Age Britain

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From around 800 BC, iron became the most commonly used metal in the British Isles. It gave its name to the British Iron Age. Our image bank is the first in a series looking at different aspects of life in Iron Age Britain. This one focuses on Iron Age people, what they wore, ate and spent their time doing.
Teaching History with 100 Objects - Carved stone ball from Skara Brae
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Teaching History with 100 Objects - Carved stone ball from Skara Brae

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This carved stone ball was found in a house at Skara Brae in Orkney, the best-preserved Neolithic settlement in Britain. Skilfully made, with 67 ground pyramid-shaped knobs, it must have been a prized possession of a prominent person in the community. It was a symbol of power but it could also have been used as a dangerous weapon. Other carved stone objects of various shapes have been found at Skara Brae. These items are an excellent starting point for investigating Skara Brae. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Neolithic Britain
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Neolithic Britain

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As farming gradually spread, settled communities referred to as Neolithic gradually replaced the hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Our resource illustrates aspects of life in early Britain, as farming led to a more settled way of life and forests were cleared to provide space for crops and animal herds.
Teaching History with 100 Objects - The Martyrdom of St Thomas Becket
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Teaching History with 100 Objects - The Martyrdom of St Thomas Becket

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This alabaster panel shows the moment when four knights murdered Archbishop Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, following misconstrued instructions from King Henry II. Panels such as this were destroyed during the Reformation and it is only due to their popularity across medieval Europe that so many examples survive today. The object offers a starting point for studying a range of aspects of the medieval period from the struggle between church and state to the nature and importance of religious devotion. Part of the Teaching History with 100 Objects collection from The British Museum.
Containers
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Containers

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The British Museum is a container full of containers designed for a myriad of different purposes from storing food to protecting the dead. This teacher guide offers ideas to get you started thinking about containers in the 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.