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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site

 

History

Resources

History

Our collection supports the teaching of world history from the ancient to the contemporary, including Africa, the medieval period, ancient Greece, ancient Egypt, Islamic civilisations and world empires.


History of money: image bank 
KS 1 & 2

Anglo–Saxons 
Age 7–11

Anglo–Saxons: Sutton Hoo 
Age 7–11

Anglo–Saxons: visiting the Sutton Hoo treasures 
Age 7–11

The Aztec world 
Age 7–11

Aztecs: who was Moctezuma? 
Age 7–11, 12–16

Benin gallery activities 
Age 7–11

Discover the Arab World 
Age 12–16

Ancient Nubia 
Age 7–11

Early Egypt 
Age 7–11

Life in ancient Egypt 
Age 7–11

Mummies: Egyptian mummies 
Age 7–11

Mummies: how were mummies made? 
Age 7–11

Mummies: the development of mummification
Age 7–11

Nebamun: ancient Egyptian tomb paintings 
Age 7–11

Nebamun: what can you learn from an Egyptian tomb? 
Age 7–11

Nebamun: literacy activities 
Age 7–11

Painting an Egyptian tomb 
Age 7–11

Symbols of the pharaoh 
Age 7–11

Greece: competition 
Age 7–11

Greece: everyday life 
Age 7–11

Greece: explore an Athenian picture 
Age 7–11

Greece: gods and goddesses 
Age 7–11

Greece: hoplites 
Age 7–11

Greece: myths and legends 
Age 7–11

Greece: the Nereid monument 
Age 7–11

Greece: Olympic games 
Age 7–11

Greece: the Parthenon 
Age 7–11

Greek pots 
Age 7–11

Greek women 
Age 7–11

Islamic civilisations 
Age 12–16

Local history: the British Museum in the 18th century 
Age 7–11

Local history: the British Museum in the 19th century 
Age 7–11

Local history: the British Museum in the 20th century 
Age 7–11

Medieval loyalty 
Age 12–16

Thomas Becket 
Age 12–16

Mesopotamia 
Age 7–11

Mesopotamia: Assyria 
Age 7–11

Mesopotamia: Babylon 
Age 7–11

Mesopotamia: Sumer 
Age 7–11

Pompeii and Herculaneum
image bank 

Age 7–18

Pompeii visit guide for primary teachers 
Age 7–11

Pompeii visit guide for secondary teachers 
Age 12–18

Roman Britain 
Age 7–11

Life in Roman Britain 
Age 7–11

Roman Music 
Age 7–11

Rome: Imperial Rome 
Age 7–11

The Tudors 
Age 7–11

Vikings 
Age 7–11

Viking craftwork 
Age 7–11

Sessions

School session

The shining dynasty

KS2

Students work with Museum facilitators to find out about the world of the Ming royal courts.

School session

Money handling and financial education

KS3,4 & 5

Students handle objects from the collection to develop an awareness of the role of money and an appreciation of its uses.

School session

Ancient lives: schools exclusive mornings

KS2, 3, 4 & 6th Form

Teacher-led visits to the exhibition on a school exclusive morning.

School session

Ming school exclusive mornings

KS2, 3, 4 & Years 12-13

Enjoy the exhibition with your students on one of the school exclusive mornings.

School session

The people of Benin

KS2

Students examine pictures of the Oba, his staff and the first European visitors.

School session

New insights on mummies

KS2

Students find out about the mummies on display with the help of exhibition facilitators.

School session

How Roman was Roman Britain?

KS2

Students examine the evidence objects provide about Romanisation in Britain.

School session

Journey to the ancient Egyptian afterlife

KS2

How did the Book of the Dead help the ancient Egyptians on their journey to the afterlife?

School session

Daily life in ancient Egypt

KS2

Students explore the famous tomb-painting of Nebamun hunting in the marshes.

School session

Life after death in ancient Egypt

KS2

Students examine ancient Egyptian beliefs about the afterlife.

School session

Egyptian mummies

KS2

Images and videos are used to help understand more about Ancient Egyptian mummies.

School session

The Persian wars

KS2

Students take on roles as Greek envoys and visit the court of the Persian king.

School session

A question for the people

KS2

Students find out what it meant to be an Athenian citizen in the 5th century BC.

School session

Greek myths

KS2

Students learn how to tell the difference between Heracles, Athena and Hermes.

School session

How to find out about Greek life

KS2

Students study the paintings on pots and handle replica Greek objects.

School session

A gift for Athena

KS2

Students use tablet computers to explore the Pathenon Gallery.

School session

Greek temples

KS2

Students learn about ancient Greek architecture, and design their own temple.

School session

What did the Romans use as money?

Years 5 & 6 only

Students explore the development of money in Roman Britain and its role in society around the world

School session

Eating and drinking in Roman Britain

KS2

Students explore food and eating habits in Britain 2,000 years ago.

School session

Sutton Hoo headline

KS2

Students use mobile technology to learn about the Anglo-Saxon burial site of Sutton Hoo.

School session

Roman treasure challenge video conference

KS2

Connect to the Museum from your classroom to solve exciting challenges about treasure finds.

School session

Meet the Aztecs: mission to Mexico

KS2

Students become agents of the Spanish king and are sent to investigate the Aztec empire.

School session

Taught handling sessions for SEN

KS2,3 & 4

Students experience ancient Greece or Egypt, and Roman or medieval Britain.

School session

Digital workshop for SEN students

KS2,3 & 4

An introduction to Egypt or Greece through a mixture of activities and digital technologies.

School session

Classical civilisations

Years 12 & 13

This study day combines lectures, gallery talks and independent study.

School session

Mycenaean Greece

Years 12 & 13

A lecture-based study day covering several aspects of the Mycenaean world.

School session

Excavation in Egypt

KS2

Students find out how archaeologists work, then become archaeologists themselves.


Books

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