Use our resources to engage your pupils through handling artefacts and using all senses to enrich their experiences
Egyptian - Canopic Jars
Mummification is a great starting point to engage your pupils in an Ancient Egypt topic and encourage historical enquiry.
A vital part of the mummification process, the canopic jars were used to contain the internal organs removed from the body.
Includes Four jars and heads of four gods known as the sons of Horus - Imsety, Qebehsenuef, Hapy, and Duamutef (H:57mm
Egyptian - Headrest
This artefact would support the head of a person whilst asleep or resting, a great history mystery artefact to encourage historical enquiry!
Headrests were necessary in life and death (the eternal sleep).
Many headrests have been found in tombs (including that of Tutankhamun).
Egyptian - Sandals
Historical clothing can provide relatable compare and contrast activities that strengthen understanding at KS2.
Ancient Egyptians usually went barefoot except for special occasions. The rich would wear leather sandals, whilst the poor would wear sandals made from woven papyrus or palm. Genuine museum replicas.
Before letting your pupils know who wore these shoes in Ancient Egypt, why not use their historical enquiry skills to see if they can find the answer for themselves?
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Encourage discussions on different types of careers and work with this 16 piece brightly coloured wooden occupational figure set.
Toys Past and Present Comparison Collection
A collection of historical toys with their modern day equivalents!
Ideal for direct comparison exercises and to demonstrate how the same idea has changed and developed through the years.
A fun and engaging way to add a "sense of period" and improve historical understanding in your history lessons.
Tudor - Henry VIII and His Wives Role Play Face Masks
Get the children to act out stories from the time of Henry Vlll and interview the wives of the famous king.
Pack contains: Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, Catherine Parr.
Tudor - Horn Book
A wooden paddle with a sheet of parchment attached featuring the Lord's Prayer and the alphabet with a layer of cow horn to protect it. Used in schools to educate boys in their letters.
Tudor - Pattens
Pattens were wooden shoes used over normal shoes to protect women's feet from the mud and refuse on the streets.
Men wore thick leather boots.
Pattens were removed before going indoors.
Tudor - Pewter Goblet
This traditional ale and wine drinking vessel has the original period styling and pewter finish as used during the reign of Henry VIII and in many stately homes
Tudor - Trencher
A great "History Mystery" object, who can discover what the trencher is?
A great starting point when comparing historical artefacts to their modern day equivalents or for historical enquiry, why is the object made of wood? who would have used it?
This Tudor plate was introduced at the start of the 17th century.The central hollow would contain meat and the small hollow salt.
A useful comparative material for rich and poor tudors, and to modern day equivalents.
Victorian - Box Camera
Bringing a piece of history into your classroom is sure to fascinate your pupils and broaden historical knowledge.
An ideal starting point for any victorian topic, historical enquiry or comparing and contrasting historical artefacts with their modern day equivalents.
This type of camera would have been used by photographers during the Victorian period. Retractable box.
Victorian - Brass Handle Iron
This heavy Brass Handle Iron provides a great compare and contrast activity with the modern day Iron.
A decorative Victorian style iron that would have been opened up and filled with hot coals. It’s weight, look and material not only provides an interesting historical enquiry activity but can also give a real sense of Victorian history at KS2.
Why not use this with items from other historical periods and place them in date order to improve your pupil’s chronological understanding, or see if your pupils can identify which are truly from Victorian times.
Victorian - Carpet Beater
Cleaning carpets nowadays might not be an enjoyable task but with the aid of the vacuum cleaner it is a lot easier than it was in the past.
By the middle of the19th century carpets in Britain became cheaper due to new methods of mass production. This meant that more homes had them, and in greater quantity than before. As vacuum cleaners did not become affordable until the early 20th century, carpets either had to be swept or taken outside and beaten to remove dust and dirt. They would be hung over a washing line or railings and it is easy to imagine how difficult, strenuous and unpleasant this task was, especially with very large rugs.
This beater is made of cane, though some were made of wire, wood or spring steel. The intricately woven head of the beater creates a strong, flat surface that will release dust without damaging the carpet.
Victorian - Chamber Pot
Before houses had indoor toilets a chamber pot was always kept under the bed of both adults and children to save a trip to the outside "privy" at night.
If they were used they had to be emptied in the morning into a pail and cleaned out with carbolic soap.
In wealthier homes this would have been the job of the chambermaid.
This chamber pot has a handle to make it easier to lift.
Victorian - Household Documents Pack
Contains: Exchange and Mart newspaper, servants licence, carbolic smoke leaflet, household furnishings brochure, Water Purification booklet, Gas lighting advert, cabinet makers invoice plus selection of advertising
Victorian - Knitting Nancy
A knitting Nancy is a small, often handheld device that enables items to be constructed out of yarn by some knitting-like technique.
Knitting Nancies are the oldest members of the loom family, with a history dating back over 400 years.
Victorian - Toys Of The Past Collection
Imagine life as a child in the Victorian era, these historical toys provide a fun compare and contrast activity.
Our Grandparents and Great-Grandparents would have played with very different toys than we have today.
This pack shows some of the toys that children of the time would have owned. Contents may vary.
Viking - Coins
Coins provide the opportunity to show that Vikings were much more than warriors wading through Europe.
Develop historical enquiry skills with an examination of these two authentic replica Viking coins. A set of double-sided coins from contrasting periods of the Viking age. Circa 890 - 990 AD.
Viking - God Mask Thor
The Vikings were much more than just warriors, this mask adds insight and interest to this historical time period.
Thor was possibly the most popular of the Viking Gods, ruling the skies, storms and thunder as well as protector of the ordinary people. Perfect for teaching Viking mythology!
Why not use the mask as the starting point for a cross-curricular history and art project, creating your own masks?
Viking - Horn Tankard
A drinking horn is the horn of a bovid used as a drinking vessel.
Drinking horns are known from Classical Antiquity especially the Balkans, and remained in use for ceremonial purposes throughout the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period in some parts of Europe, notably in Germanic Europe, and in the Caucasus.