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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Money and citizenship
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Money and citizenship

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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 Citizenship topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Moctezuma: Aztec ruler
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Moctezuma: Aztec ruler

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This slideshow can be used in the classroom for sessions on the Aztecs. It includes maps, highlight objects and information about the history of the Aztecs.
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.