The Americas

About the Session 

Find out about the peoples and cultures of Mesoamerica and South America. See and handle objects from Peru, Mexico and even the far corners of the Amazon rainforest.  From modern jewellery to ancient potatoes, this session will help students better understand the cultural diversity of Latin America.

Duration: 1.5 hours

Journeys

About the Session 

From holidays at the seaside, to bugs and beetles finding food and soldiers marching into battle – we think about many different types of journey as we move around the museum.

Duration: 2 hours

The Ancient Greeks

About the Session 

Look closely at the objects in the galleries to discover more about Ancient Greek beliefs, technology and everyday life.

Exploring what life was like in Ancient Greece by looking closely at a variety of objects and making deductions about how they were made and used.

Duration: 2 hours

The Ancient Egyptians

About the Session 

Look closely at the objects in the galleries to discover more about Ancient Egyptian beliefs, technology and everyday life.

This session encourages children to look closely at the objects in the galleries to discover more about Ancient Egyptian beliefs, technology and everyday life.

Duration: 2 hours

Ancient Maya

About the Session 

How did the ancient Maya express their identity? What objects they used to show their power? What can archaeology tell us about Maya life? These are some of the questions we will discuss while students learn how to read a Maya monument and handle objects from Central and South America.

Duration: 90 minutes

Explorers

About the Session 

Learn about the people of the world and the journeys of famous European explorers such as Captain James Cook. Students will explore faraway lands and complete a giant map of the world with their findings.

Duration: 1 hour

Native Americas: North America

About the Session 

This gallery-taught session focuses on Native American and First Nation cultures of the Northwest Coast, Southwest and Great Plains of North America. Students will come face to face with fascinating objects such as a 14m Haida totem pole, a Plains Cree chief outfit and a Kachina Doll made by the Hopi. 

This session can be extended to a 90 minutes session that includes a craft activity inspired by the collections.

Duration: 1 hour

Science and Exploration

About the Session 

What instruments did explorers take on board ship before they travelled the world? What role did navigational instruments play in the development of the British Empire? These are the questions students will explore as they look at a range of navigational instruments and globes displayed in the Museum. Through these objects, students will also get a better understanding of latitude and longitude, how different navigational instruments work and how maps and globes are made.

Duration: 90 minutes

Polar Exploration

About the Session 

Travelling back in time to the heroic era of Antarctic polar exploration (Scott and/or Shackleton), your students will pack for an imaginary expedition, get kitted up in some modern polar gear and take part in an interactive historic survival story. This session can be adapted to match your curriculum. 

Duration: 90 minutes

Session Format: A fast paced, interactive taught session lasting 90 minutes

Available: Wednesdays and Thursdays in school term time.