'Teaching History with 100 Objects'

The British Museum has chosen to include the arch-topped portrait of Richard III from the Society of Antiquaries of London in the landmark national programme 'Teaching History with 100 Objects'.

This exciting programme consists of free online resources for teachers based around museum objects connected to key elements of the new history curriculum. The British Museum has selected the 100 objects from its own collection and the collections of partner museums throughout the country, including the Society of Antiquaries of London. The list of objects and the resources have been developed and written by the British Museum with support from the Department of Education.

At the programme launch on 2 September, representatives were excited to announce that resources for the first 20 objects had gone live, with resources for 30 more objects to follow by the end of September and the remainder to follow by the end of the year.

The Society of Antiquaries of London's arch-topped portrait of Richard III (c. 1510, oil on oak) has been included. It is linked to the national curriculum stage KS3 Development of church, state and society 1066–1509.

This unique portrait might be the earliest surviving portrait painted after a prototype of Richard III made during his reign. Richard III's reign changed the course of the Monarchy, engendered long-lasting historical mysteries (the princes in the tower, his own burial place), inspired a Shakespearean play, and captured the imaginations of people around the world when modern DNA analysis confirmed that he was found in a burial place beneath a Leicestershire car park in 2012.

Richard III's current notoriety is sure to make this portrait a popular object of study in the coming year, along with the other objects included in the programme.

The pioneering 'Teaching History with 100 Objects' programme marks the first time the Department for Education has worked directly with museums to develop and deliver a learning programme to UK students. School Reform Minister Nick Gibb said, 'The new history curriculum has been designed to raise academic standards and to ensure pupils are taught about the important events and people who shaped that history. These rich and beautiful resources...link directly to that new curriculum and will help bring to life the history pupils are being taught in the classroom.'

Director of the British Museum Neil MacGregor said, 'The British Museum is committed to showing how object based learning can bring history to life. This project will enable every primary and secondary school child in the country to access museum objects from the magnificent to the mundane, but all of which can teach us about our global history. This is an extremely exciting project for the British Museum and our partners to be involved in as we seek to make a reality of our ambition to engage all children across the UK with museum objects that tell both local and global stories.'

The ‘Teaching History in 100 Objects’ resource can be found at www.teachinghistory100.org

Teaching history with 100 objects

Teaching history with 100 objects is a series of stimulating free online resources for teachers each based around a museum object which connects with key elements of the new history curriculum national history curriculum for England. It uses promotes object based learning to enable a wide understanding of UK and world history to support the history curriculum at Key Stages 1, 2 and 3. Each resource includes information, teaching ideas, images and links to video and other media. Objects have been selected from the British Museum’s collection and from those of partner museums across the country to trace British and world history from around 700,000 years ago to 1066 and then from 1066 to the present day. The list of objects and the resources have been developed and written by the British Museum with support from the Department for Education and a host of partner museums.

Resource can be found at www.teachinghistory100.org

Partnership UK

This project is part of the British Museum’s Partnership UK Scheme. Partnership UK is the strategic framework for the Museum’s programme of engagement with audiences throughout the country. It includes single loans, touring exhibitions, Partnership Galleries and skills exchange. The Museum works collaboratively with venues of all sizes by sharing its collections and mutual learning.

About the Society of Antiquaries of London

Founded 1707, the Society of Antiquaries of London is Britain’s oldest learned society concerned with the study and understanding of the material past. Our Royal Charter of 1751 sets out our purpose as ‘the encouragement advancement and furtherance of the study and knowledge of the antiquities and history of this and other countries’. Today the Society is a registered charity (237207) with an elected Fellowship of 3,000. Our principal objectives are to foster public understanding of heritage, support research and communicate the results, and to inform public policy on the care of the historic environment and cultural assets. We support these objectives through our historic research Library and Accredited Museum collections at Burlington House (London) and Kelmscott Manor (Oxfordshire), conservation and research grants, publications and public events like exhibitions and lectures.

All of the Society’s paintings can be explored online at http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/galleries/collections/society-of-antiquaries-of-london-2055.