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Teaching With Objects: Resources


Guides for Teaching with Objects

World History Sources: Material Culture: Objects
Center for History & New Media

World History Sources: Material Culture: Images
Center for History & New Media

Artifact Analysis Worksheet
National Archives & Records Adminisstration

Material Culture Analysis Worksheet
History Teaching Institute/Ohio Historical Society


Sources for Objects

Historic Costume & Textile Collection
The Ohio State University

University of Wisconsin, Madison


And: Museums and their websites


Learning about Objects

Material Culture: A Research Guide
University of Delaware

Fashion & Apparel Studies: A Research Guide
University of Delaware


A History of the World in 100 Objects

This was a collaboration between the British Museum and the BBC Radio 4. One hundred objects from the museum's collection were chosen to tell human world history from the first tool users to the present. This is not the only hisotry that could be told with objects, but it is a fascinating exercise and presents an excellent model of how objects can be used as an entry point into history. Here are two ways to access the material:

THE WEBSITE: At the website related to the program, users can explore high quality images of the objets and listen to the broadcast.

THE BOOK: The text of the broadcasts along with images of the objects. 



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