'The Huge History Lesson' connects students to our collections
14 October 2015
The Society of Antiquaries of London is delighted to announce that its arch-top portrait of Richard III is now part of the Huge History Lesson Online, a branch-off project linked to the British Museum and Department for Education’s ‘Teaching History in 100 Objects’ campaign (read our 2014 news story on that piece here). The Huge History Lesson launched today – here is a summary of the project:
“The Huge History Lesson is a challenge to students of all ages, everywhere: Choose a museum object, carry out a historical enquiry and share your findings with us in your own special way. The winners will get the chance to tell the world about their object and also receive an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience at the British Museum!”
Our portrait of Richard is one of the objects children can explore and research – and he is even featured on the main project page! Watch this space, as we will share the projects of any inspired young people who have produced work using our portrait (anything goes! everything from videos to blogs, Minecraft worlds, animation, art installations and more!).
Students will have until 11 January 2016 to submit their projects and the British Museum will announce a 'winner' following those submissions.
The Huge History Lesson
The Huge History Lesson is a challenge to students of all ages, everywhere: choose a museum object, carry out a historical enquiry and share your findings with us in your own special way. The winners will get the chance to tell the world about their object and also receive an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience at the British Museum! Find out more at www.tes.com/hugehistory.
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. Resource can be found at www.teachinghistory100.org.
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.