Key Stage 4

The following taught sessions are offered for KS4 students:

Museum of Me (60 minutes)

What is the role of Museum’s in society? How should Museums use objects to represent other cultures? How can objects help construct and display identity? These are some of the questions that frame this cross-cultural gallery-taught session, which combines critical thinking, self-reflection, discussion, looking and object handling activities.

Benin (60 minutes)

This discussion-based session explores the ethics of modern museums. Using the Benin objects on display at MAA, students will consider problems with the representation of cultures, the history of colonial collecting practices and current issues with repatriation. Students are encouraged to bring their smart phones to this session for a gallery-based activity.

Anthropology, Archaeology and Identity (90 minutes)

This discussion based session examines the relationship between museums and indigenous peoples, as well as current issues with collection, curation and repatriation. Students will learn how the collections come to the Museum and how we navigate the ethics of display and access for indigenous communities.

A museum teacher leads the first 45minutes of the session.  Students then independently investigate the galleries and conduct their own object research.

The Modified Body: expressions of society and culture (90 minutes)

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.

A museum teacher leads the first 45 minutes of the session.  Students then independently investigate the galleries and conduct their own object research.

Adorning the Dead: rituals for the afterlife (90 minutes)

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.

A museum teacher leads the first 45 minutes of the session.  Students then independently investigate the galleries and conduct their own object research.