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The British Museum

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discover the Arab World
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Discover the Arab World

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Use the rich collection of the British Museum to explore key themes about Arab people and culture: achievement, art, conflict, diversity, gender and global interaction. Supports teaching about the region at KS3/4 in art and design, history, citizenship and religious education. Includes an image bank plus a booklet and additional teachers' notes.
RE: Life events
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RE: Life events

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This resource provides students with visual encounters with objects used around the world to celebrate key life events such as birth, marriage and death.
Babylon
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Babylon

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This cross-curricular resource provides students with visual encounters with key objects from Babylon, allowing students to become familiar with object identification and vocabulary.
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.