The Modified Body: expressions of society and culture

About the Session 

This gallery taught session explores the human continuum of body modification, decoration and transformation by looking at ethnographic objects on display that highlight these concepts. 

Duration: 1.5 hours

Session Format: A museum teacher will lead the first 45 minutes of the session.  Students will then have a chance to independently investigate the galleries and conduct their own object research.

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

Adorning the Dead: Rituals for the Afterlife

About the Session 

This gallery taught session explores the different ways in which people in the past have prepared their dead. Funerary rituals, grave goods, and ancestor veneration are just a few of the topics discussed while students see first-hand burial artefacts from the Museum’s collection. 

Duration: 1.5 hours

Session Format: A museum teacher will lead the first 45 minutes of the session.  Students will then have a chance to independently investigate the galleries and conduct their own object research.

From Greece to Rome: Tour of the Museum

About the Session 

Explore our collection of casts of Greek and Roman sculpture to find out about the development of the classical body over time and how the Greeks adorned their temples. These tours are popular with schools studying Classical Civilisation but they also serve as a great introduction to the subject for students of any discipline. 

Duration: 1 hour

Session Format: 45 minutes tour; 15 minutes looking round independently and chance to ask questions

The Easter Story

About the Session 

Follow the dramatic events of Holy Week through the paintings galleries from Palm Sunday to the Resurrection. This story session will introduce children to the museum and parts of the collection.

Duration: 90 minutes

Session Format: This Museum Teacher led session is free and scheduled for 90 minutes.

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

Believe in Art

About the Session 

How do artists and makers make invisible ideas about God visible? What do the codes and symbols mean? This session can explore Christian, Muslim or ancient beliefs.

Duration: 2 hours

Session Format: The museum led session is scheduled for 2 hours and is delivered in the first 60 minutes of your booked slot. We recommend that schools use their second hour for follow-up time from the taught session.

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

The Ancient Greeks

About the Session 

We use the sculptures from the Temple of Zeus at Olympia to tell the story of Pelops and Oinomas, and to learn about religion and the ancient Olympics. We then explore the Museum using our KS2 Greeks Workpack, discovering themes such as athletes and gods and goddesses.

Duration: 1.5 hours

Session Format: 40 minutes object-based discussion; 40 minutes exploration with worksheets; 10 minutes plenary and students’ chance to ask questions.