National Curriculum Subject Areas: Cross curricular
Length of session: 30 minutes
Maximum group size: 32
- To use historic and scientific enquiry skills to find out about an object
- To understand how objects can tell us information that we cannot find elsewhere
- To understand how and why the objects were acquired and how the Pitt Rivers foregrounds many voices to interpret objects
- To handle objects from the Pitt Rivers collections
The Pitt Rivers holds objects from almost every country in the world. What can the objects it stewards teach us about the lived-experience of the people who owned and used them? How does the museum connect ethically with people who have that lived-experience today?
This session interrogates how objects can act as a resource for research of different kinds, both the research of academics and the research of communities to uncover parts of their own histories.
Students will handle a number of objects from a variety of different places to research their meaning, uses and significance in a range of contexts.
‘My students loved handling the objects and talking about who owned or used them and why their voices are so important’