Talking Objects


Young people and British Museum curators explore and respond to the stories behind objects and their relevance today.

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Young people exploring British Museum objects
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    Young people and Museum staff disucssing the Sikh Fortress Turban

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    Young people responding to the Jade Terrapin through dance

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    Discovering the Ain Sakhri lovers figurine during a Talking Objects session

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    Young people working together during a Talking Objects session

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    Young people using performance to interpret the Jade Terrapin

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    Young people exploring a Mexican lintel during a Talking Objects session

Should beautiful objects be admired for their beauty alone?

In collaboration with Brent Young Carers and Camden Crossroads, July 2010

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How can a 13,000 year old carving connect with us today?

In collaboration with Westminster Kingsway College, February 2010

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What makes an object art?

In collaboration with TBG Learning Camden, September 2009

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Throne of weapons

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What happens when weapons are transformed into art?

In collaboration with New Horizon Youth Centre, April 2009

Sikh fortress turban

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Exploring and learning about a Sikh turban

In collaboration with the Sikh Educational Council, February 2011

Ife head

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What does this sculpture from west Africa mean today?

In collaboration with SOVA national volunteer mentoring organisation, August 2010

The nef

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A clock? A work of art? Why was the nef built and what did it represent?

In collaboration with Coram, July 2010

Akan drum

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Exploring the history of an Akan drum

In collaboration with Kilburn Youth Centre and the Centre for Black Music Research, University of Westminster, August 2009

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Sowei mask

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Exploring a mask from Sierra Leone

In collaboration with young people from London, August 2011

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The Museum as object

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Is the British Museum an object or just a building full of objects?

In collaboration with Westminster Kingsway College, December 2010


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Discovering the discus-thrower

In collaboration with African and Caribbean Diversity, 1A Arts and Brent Young Carers, Summer 2011

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The Great Wave

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Do you need to know an object's story to fully understand it?

In collaboration with Camden Chinese Community Centre, July 2009

Bull leaper

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Using different techniques to explore an object

In collaboration with BMuse, British Museum Youth Panel, December 2011

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Mina'i bowl

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Reflecting on the objects in the British Museum

In collaboration with Camden Council