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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How were mummies made?
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How were mummies made?

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Follow the Egyptian mummification process step by step. This resource helps students understand the process of mummification and encourages them to consider a range of resources in their enquiries.
Money week
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Money week

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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. To download the accompanying image bank (in a Powerpoint presentation) please visit the British Museum website: http://www.britishmuseum.org/learning/schools_and_teachers/resources/all_resources/resource_money_week.aspx
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.
Emperors of Imperial Rome
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Emperors of Imperial Rome

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Coins, busts and sculptures identifying the key emperors in charge of Britain during the Roman conquest, and other artefacts from Imperial Rome and its empire.
Teaching History with 100 Objects -The first passenger locomotive
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Teaching History with 100 Objects -The first passenger locomotive

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Built by Robert Stephenson and Company, Locomotion No.1 was the first steam locomotive to pull a purpose-built passenger carriage. It ran on the opening day of the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825. The Stockton and Darlington Railway was the first steam hauled, public passenger railway in the world. This achievement of nineteenth century engineering provides a good starting point for examining the subsequent rapid adoption of railways and the impact of passenger rail travel on Victorian Britain. Part of the Teaching History with 100 Objects collection from The British Museum.
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.
Teaching History with 100 Objects -Bronze vessel from Shang China
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Teaching History with 100 Objects -Bronze vessel from Shang China

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This bronze vessel was used to hold wine for ritual sacrifices to the ancestors in Shang Dynasty China. There are many different shapes of vessel from this period, each with a specific use in the rituals of the Shang aristocracy. The bowl demonstrates the quality and sophistication of early Chinese technology and the importance of tombs as sources of evidence for ancient civilisations. Part of the Teaching History with 100 Objects collection from The British Museum.
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.
Thomas Becket
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Thomas Becket

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This mini-lesson looks at the medieval passion for relics, and helps students decide what we can say about the shrine of St Thomas Becket.