Classroom resource
Age 7–11, 12–16

Food and wine vessels, baby carriers, teapots and coffins – this guide looks at types of containers and their use in different societies throughout history.

The British Museum is a container full of containers designed for a myriad of different purposes from storing food to protecting the dead. This teacher guide offers ideas to get you started thinking about containers in the Museum and suggested projects for the classroom. The presentation can be used in the classroom as a freestanding resource or to prepare for a visit to the Museum.

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speciman tray

Image: Sir Hans Sloane's specimen tray © The Natural History Museum