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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.
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.
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: 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.
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: 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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
Africa: Art and Design
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Africa: Art and Design

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A selection of stunning highlights from the full range of our African collections, perfect for Art and design projects, under the headings of Adornment, Buildings and decoration, Containers, Furniture, Human image, Painting, Sculpture, Textiles, and Tools, weapons and metalwork.
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.
Reading a papyrus
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Reading a papyrus

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Learn how to decode ancient Egyptian documents. This mini lesson encourages students to learn about collecting information from a variety of sources.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.