School session
Objects in focus talks

30 minutes
Free, booking required

Please book by emailing at least six weeks in advance

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For Key Stages 3 & 4

These sessions are designed to support History students to understand the cultural and historic context of objects. Led by a member of the Learning team, students will develop enquiry skills using one star object as a springboard to understanding a wider theme. Students will be equipped to scaffold historical questions independently and to explore further Museum objects with confidence.

There are 6 themes available, focusing on objects from the Museum’s collection and covering topics within the National Curriculum for KS3 and KS4. Sessions take place either in the lecture theatre for large groups or in the Museum galleries for smaller groups. They last for 30 minutes and are available on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Each session comes with a supporting teachers' pack to complement independent study either in the Museum or back at school.


Key Stage 4

• The Spanish Conquest and the Aztecs
• Anglo-Saxons and the Norman Conquest

Key Stage 3

• Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day: either Women’s Suffrage OR Indian independence and end of Empire
• Medieval Britain 1066–1509
• Ideas, political power, industry and empire: either Britain 1745–1901: The Enlightenment in Europe and Britain OR Britain’s transatlantic slave trade: its effects and its eventual abolition

A minimum of 6 weeks’ notice is essential when booking. These sessions are available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Maximum group size: 120 for lecture theatre, 30 for gallery-based

Cancellation and no-show charges apply.
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Curriculum links: History and cross-curricular

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