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Teaching History with 100 Objects

A Tudor gun from the Mary Rose Museum to be used by the British Museum for its ‘Teaching History with 100 Objects’ project which starts today.

The Mary Rose Museum’s Culverin has been chosen as one of the select objects included in the British Museum’s new Teaching History with 100 Objects online resource, a project made through collaboration with the Department of Education and museums across the UK. The British Museum released the first 20 objects today, which includes a fire bucket from the Great Fire of London and Guy Fawke’s lantern.


The gun, a bronze ‘demi culverin’ over 3 metres long which dates from 1537 and was found on the castle deck of the Mary Rose in 1979, will feature on the website as object number 71, and will be available online by late December.


The culverin is a unique treasure that bears the inscription and arms of Henry VIII, and was recovered from the Solent seabed after spending more than 400 years under water. It is the most ornate weapon which was recovered from the ship and some historians claim the gun was made with bronze melted down from the monasteries which Henry VIII destroyed during his reign. The cannon will be available to read about as part of the Key Stage Three syllabus resources on the theme of ‘Development of church, state and society 1509-1745′.


Following the success of its series A History of the World in 100 Objects, the British Museum has launched Teaching History with 100 Objects as a free online resource for primary and secondary school teachers which connects museum objects to the new Key Stage 1-3 History syllabus.


To compile its 100 objects, the British Museum has looked at collections across the UK. In having one of its artefacts chosen for the project, the Mary Rose Museum, located in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, has joined a group of high profile national collections include the National Museum of Scotland, the Ashmolean museum and Ulster museum as well as the British Museum’s own extensive collection.


Mary Rose Museum Learning Officer, Clare Barnes says “We were thrilled that our object was chosen for this for this prestigious project. The Mary Rose cannon will help teachers explain the tumultuous changes in Church, State and Society in England during the 1530s and 1540s. “


Dan Snow, Historian, Broadcaster and Mary Rose Museum supporter says of the new project “The British Museum has got one of the greatest collections on the planet and a reputation for engaging audiences in the UK and beyond by pioneering different ways to reach out and share its treasures. This is the most exciting project yet. Partnering up with other museums it is providing amazing resources for young people where they really need it, in the classroom. The wealth of sources, images and links will enliven any lesson and foster a deeper understanding and love of the past in anyone who comes into contact with them. The British Museum is pioneering new ways of learning, harnessing what is best from our past to help people live richer and fuller lives in the present.”


To see the first 20 entries, view here: www.teachinghistory100.org

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