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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.
Teaching History with 100 Objects - Britain's Bayeux Tapestry
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Teaching History with 100 Objects - Britain's Bayeux Tapestry

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The original Bayeux tapestry is a 70-metre strip of embroidered linen made in the AD 1070s. It tells a version of the events of AD 1064 - 66, including the death of Edward the Confessor and the Battle of Hastings. This faithful replica of the tapestry was made by 35 skilled women embroiderers so that Britain would have its own copy of the tapestry. It allows exploration of the events that led up to the Norman conquest of England in AD 1066 and provides an opportunity to examine evidence in historical sources. Part of the Teaching History with 100 Objects collection from The British Museum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 -Provisional IRA poster
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Teaching History with 100 Objects -Provisional IRA poster

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This poster was produced by the Provisional Irish Republican Army during the period of armed conflict in Northern Ireland popularly known as 'The Troubles'. In 1969, following growing tension between Unionist and Nationalist communities, the British government sent troops to patrol the streets of Northern Ireland. By the time this poster was published there was open conflict between armed Republicans and the British army. The poster warns Nationalists that undercover agents working for the British army might be operating in disguise. This poster, along with others like it, became known as the 'split Brit'. The poster offers a striking starting point for exploring the role and impact of the British army and the Troubles more generally. Part of the Teaching History with 100 Objects collection from The British Museum.
Teaching History with 100 Objects - Fire bucket from the Great Fire of London
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Teaching History with 100 Objects - Fire bucket from the Great Fire of London

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This bucket was found in 1974 during archaeological excavations near where the Great Fire of London began. It offers a way to explore how the fire was fought, how the approach used in 1666 differed from our modern-day fire service, and what this tells us about city life then and now. It is a familiar domestic object, but made of leather and personalised with initials, allowing consideration of possible owners, their experience of the fire and how the bucket came to be in the cellar. Part of the Teaching History with 100 Objects collection from The British Museum.