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Historical Collections in Teaching: Object-Based Learning Examples

This guide suggests ways to combine Object-Based Learning (OBL) teaching philosophies with Federation University Historical Collections to create engaging learning activities.

Federation University Australia Historical Collection Samples

Manchester City University

Early Education Student Icebreaker

In this activity, students create a jar of objects that represent childhood to them. It aims to engage with new students' prior knowledge of childhood and to substitute for the traditional first class icebreaker activity.


British Museum

History of the World in 100 Objects

In 2010, the British Museum, in partnership with the BBC, created the "History of the World in 100 Objects" online exhibition. As part of the exhibition, the museum created an educational program that included lesson plans for teaching with objects and pictures from the collection.

A link to the program and individual plans is included below as inspiration, or for adaptation to your class room.

History of the World in 100 Objects Teaching Plans.

University of Melbourne

Arts West Project

The University of Melbourne's Arts West Project is pioneering OBL in Victoria. Their focus is on using OBL for student outreach as can be seen in their Goulburn Valley program.