Take One object

Session outline

If you are studying Earth and Space as a topic, you might want to consider using the armillary sphere (a model of the Universe with the Earth at its centre) as a starting point for cross-curricular work.

A series of hands-on activities (from putting together jigsaws of the sphere to interviewing a previous owner, the Earl of Northumberland) encourages children to gain familiarity with the object and the context in which it was used. The session can act as a starting point for classroom investigations, ranging from Guy Fawkes’ plot to bring down Parliament, to an exploration of myths and legends from different cultures in the ancient world.

Length: About 90 minutes

Number of children: Up to 35

Availability: Usually Mondays or Wednesdays, 10am or 12:30pm