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Unmissable highlights for class trips to the British Museum

Tuesday June 24, 2014

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As we’re sure many teachers will agree, the team at WST feel we are incredibly fortunate in the UK to have such an incredible array of cutting edge museums within the borders of the British Isles.

Of this collection, the British Museum is undoubtedly one of the stand-out stars of the education tour scene, offering a wealth of exhibitions and events for all age groups, subject matters and budgets. To show our appreciation for this brilliant British institution, WST are dedicating this week’s blog to our top five highlights for classes visiting the museum.

Ancient civilisations rediscovered

Perfectly illustrating the British Museum’s pioneering spirit, the recently-opened ancient lives, new discoveries exhibition explores the stories behind the civilisations of ancient Egypt like never before. Museum researchers have used X-ray technology to unlock the secrets of the sarcophagus, unravelling the tales of eight different Egyptian mummies.

 

Artistic inspiration

Moving further East, the British Museum offers GCSE or A-level art students the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover the ancient techniques of Japanese print-making first-hand, surrounded by the museum’s collection of beautiful Japanese artefacts. Screen printing workshops run by the museum allow students to design, cut and print woodblocks to create their own masterpieces in the same way Japanese artists have been doing for countless years.

 

Money matters

From the early foundations of coin-making, to the wonders of digital currencies, the British museum’s Citi Money Gallery explores how money has changed over the centuries. Alongside the exhibit, visiting secondary school students can also learn more about the moral, economic and commercial issues surrounding currency through special money handling and financial education sessions.

WW1: The German perspective

One of the most important lessons history can teach us is the ability to see real-world events through different perspectives and understand the role of narrator bias in the way historic events have been recorded. The British Museum’s latest exhibition expertly encapsulates this concept, presenting medals created by artists living in Germany during the First World War, telling their side of the story.

 

Cross-cultural storytelling

To help younger pupils engage with the various pieces of world culture on show, the British Museum runs regular story telling sessions for primary classes, using objects from the Africa Gallery to inspire the children’s compositions.

Have you visited any of London’s fantastic museums with your class this year? Get in touch with WST on Twitter to share your own highlights with the rest of the online teaching community.