Medicine and Anatomy Through Time

About the Session 

Students will be able to explore how revolutionary discoveries affected the development of new medical and anatomical knowledge. They will study the tools of the medical trade from the Renaissance to the 19th century, revealing the impact of key figures including Andreas Vesalius and important techniques such as trepanation. In collaboration with the Whipple library, they will then be encouraged to investigate and analyse important medical texts from different eras and make conclusions about what influenced their authors and illustrators.

Science, Exploration and Empire

About the Session 

Via gallery investigation, source analysis and discussion, and students will get a glimpse of science from the diverse perspectives of colonial forces and native peoples. After being led around our Astronomy and Empire exhibition by a museum teacher, students will be given sources and objects in order to prepare presentations on three or four case studies exhibited.

Duration: 90 minutes

Session Format: 30 minute taught session + 30 minute case study preparation + 30 presentation and discussion

Museum of Me

About the Session 

What is the role of museums in society? How should museums use objects to represent other cultures? How can objects help construct and display identity? These are some of the questions that frame this cross-cultural gallery-taught session, which combines critical thinking, self-reflection, discussion, looking and object handling activities.

Duration: 1 hour

Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. All Seasons.

Benin

About the Session 

This discussion-based session explores the ethics of modern museums. Using the Benin objects on display at MAA, students will consider problems with the representation of cultures, the history of colonial collecting practices and current issues with repatriation. Students are encouraged to bring their smart phones to this session for a gallery-based activity.

Duration: 1 hour

Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. All Seasons.

Scott's Dilemma

About the Session 

Step by step, problem by problem we travel through the story of Scott’s last expedition. How would your students approach the problems faced by Scott? This activity includes; team work, problem solving, time limits, moral dilemmas, empathy, letter writing, debate and discussion.

Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours

Session Format: Fast paced, interactive session for full duration including taught sessions and group work.

Available: Wednesdays and Thursdays in school term time only.

West Africa and Benin

About the Session 

Students will experience the diverse cultural life of West Africa through masks, jewellery, metal work, musical instruments and everyday items. This session can be adapted to include more about the lives of the Edo people of the Kingdom of Benin.

Duration: 90 minutes