Education for Teachers

How to use this Site for Teachers – plus free resources

Students may be asked to research a particular object and the issues associated with it and to report back what they have discovered by producing an essay, a PowerPoint presentation, a piece of drama, visual art or something else. We’d love to hear how you make use of this collection so if you’ve got ideas you’d like to share (or indeed examples of learners’ work which could be shared) please email us at:

We know that the creativity of teachers, combined with their knowledge of their students will mean that everyone may well end up using these resources in their own unique way, but we would like to offer some suggestions that can be used across key stages and across subject areas. So whether you are working in Key Stage 2 or Key Stage 5, or teaching Citizenship, RE, PSHE, or History, we offer the following ideas as a source of inspiration (and we hope that you will share your ideas too!).

Focussing discussion.

Many of our students are ready to engage in deep, focussed discussion; others find it more difficult. When students look at some of these artefacts, and consider the stimulus questions, they may need help engaging more deeply. We recommend that students be given opportunities to share ideas with a partner, or take part in small group discussions before opening up to whole class discussion of ideas. There are some superb cooperative learning activities described in this powerpoint (from slide 8 onwards) which will engage all students in thinking about the questions that you are asking.

It is also true that students may, when considering their own points of view and personal responses, find it difficult to respond easily – and activities like this give them the opportunity to draw out their responses and share it safely with a partner, before articulating it more confidently with the whole group.

After discussion.

You may well set students written tasks – but if you are asking them to respond personally to the materials, then we suggest adopting a creative approach – Ask students to express their response through creativity –

  •  writing and performing a play, or poem.
  •  writing (& performing) a story or haiku.
  •  Composing a piece of music or dance
  •  Creating a picture or art work.

It’s also good to follow this up with a chance for students to explain what they have done, and why they chose to do it, and then use this as a basis for reflective discussion.


It’s a good idea to be aware that many of the objects in this collection were made by (or to be used on) people who were considered “outsiders” or “others”. This obviously provides a useful and unusual way to introduce concepts like human rights, but also gives a useful approach to thinking about bullying, and the ways in which students construct their others, or exclude people from their own groups. Some students who have suffered, or who are suffering from bullying, may find that exploring these ideas can provoke a strong emotional response.

This resource will be growing over time to release the tremendous learning potential of this world class museum collection. If you want to be kept informed of updates to the site please email us here at

FREE teaching resources
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