Hands-on exhibits bring History to life

Year 7 boys literally got to grips with artefacts from the past on a trip to the British Museum.

The museum has a number of Hands On desks, where at certain times visitors are invited to hold historical objects and listen while experts describe and discuss their origin and significance.

The boys particularly enjoyed these elements of the visit, which was a great success, reported History teacher Stephen Edwards. “All the boys had a fantastic day and learnt a lot. The amazing range of historical objects and artefacts in the museum really brings History to life and gives the pupils a wonderful insight into how different civilisations lived in the past."

QE’s History Department uses the annual trip to enhance classroom topics on the Romans, Greeks and Egyptians.

During this year’s visit, the group of 45 pupils saw Egyptian mummies, the Rosetta Stone and the Hoa Hakananai’a, or Easter Island Head. The Hands On desks include: the Roman Britain Gallery; the Living & Dying Gallery and the Money Gallery.