Teacher Resources

We have a range of free resources to support teachers and home educators. Our Learning From Home sessions explore different aspects of Roman life, while the Museum From Home library is full of creative ideas.

Why not head to our online catalogue and explore the collections? The Colchester Through Time series is a great place to start if you’re looking at local history!

Key Stage 2

The Siege of Colchester 1648

This resource brings the Siege of Colchester to life. It offers a detailed exploration of its impact during the English Civil War and how it reflects on the broader historical conflict between royalists and parliamentarians.

West African Gold

This resource offers a comprehensive exploration into the rich history of West Africa’s gold empires and their monumental influence on European coinage and culture, inviting an engaging educational journey through trade, wealth, and power dynamics spanning continents.

Learning From Home: 

Before the Romans

This digital module provides a concise look at Britain before Roman contact. It highlights the advanced Iron Age society, their use of sophisticated objects, and their early development of coins, towns, and chariots.

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Roman Towns

This session on Roman towns delves into the architectural and societal transformations introduced by the Romans in Britain. It showcases their innovative building techniques and materials and the development of towns that continue to influence British landscapes today.

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Roman Homes

This resource on Roman homes unveils the intricacies of domestic life in Roman Britain. It showcases the different types of Roman dwellings, offering insights into their daily living spaces, from luxurious villas to high-density insulae, and highlighting the cultural and architectural innovations they brought to Britain.

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Roman Religion

This educational guide on Roman religion explores the diverse pantheon of Roman gods and goddesses, their roles, and how Romans worshipped both at temples and in their homes. It offers a glimpse into the spiritual life that shaped Roman society and its lasting influence on subsequent cultures.

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Roman Entertainment

This module reveals the varied amusements of ancient Rome, from theatre and gladiatorial contests to chariot racing and board games, illustrating the social and cultural significance of these activities and their enduring legacy in today’s entertainment forms.

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Roman Science

This session explores the innovations brought by the Romans to Britain, from road construction to medical advancements and engineering feats like aqueducts, highlighting how these contributions have left a lasting legacy on modern technology and infrastructure.

Key Stage 3

The Siege of Colchester 1648

This resource provides a comprehensive exploration of the Siege of Colchester during the Second English Civil War, detailing its pivotal moments and the enduring impact on British history, ideal for enhancing students’ understanding of this significant period.

LGBT+ History

This resource offers an enlightening overview of gender and sexuality through the ages. It challenges modern binary norms by highlighting diverse expressions and attitudes toward gender and sexuality across various cultures and historical periods, from ancient civilisations to contemporary times.

The Catalan Atlas

This resource worksheet guides learners through exploring the medieval masterpiece of the Catalan Atlas, highlighting its creation in 1375 by the Jewish cartographer Abraham Cresques of Majorca. It also introduces learners to notable figures like Mansa Musa, offering a unique lens on historical geography and cultural interaction.

Mansa Musa

This resource worksheet provides an insightful overview of the leader of the Mali Empire, emphasising his extraordinary wealth, contributions to Mali’s prosperity through trade, and historic pilgrimage to Mecca.

GCSE + A Level

The Siege of Colchester 1648

This resource provides a comprehensive exploration of the Siege of Colchester during the Second English Civil War, detailing its pivotal moments and the enduring impact on British history, ideal for enhancing students’ understanding of this significant period.

Hidden Histories

Margaret Cavendish

How did a girl from Colchester become the first Duchess of Newcastle, write a science fiction book, and scandalise London?

Sheela-Na-Gig

Discover the intrigue behind this rare carving, one of merely 45 in the UK, and explore its potential significance for women today.

Wicked Spirits

This resource dives into the historical context of witchcraft, featuring primary sources like the Malleus Maleficarum and case studies from the Essex witch trials. It fosters critical thinking on the societal reasons behind witch hunts and the representation of witchcraft in media.

LGBT+ History

This resource offers an enlightening overview of gender and sexuality through the ages. It challenges modern binary norms by highlighting diverse expressions and attitudes toward gender and sexuality across various cultures and historical periods, from ancient civilisations to contemporary times.

West African Gold

This resource offers a comprehensive exploration into the rich history of West Africa’s gold empires and their monumental influence on European coinage and culture, inviting an engaging educational journey through trade, wealth, and power dynamics spanning continents.

The Catalan Atlas

This resource worksheet guides learners through exploring the medieval masterpiece of the Catalan Atlas, highlighting its creation in 1375 by the Jewish cartographer Abraham Cresques of Majorca. It also introduces learners to notable figures like Mansa Musa, offering a unique lens on historical geography and cultural interaction.

Mansa Musa

This resource worksheet provides an insightful overview of the leader of the Mali Empire, emphasising his extraordinary wealth, contributions to Mali’s prosperity through trade, and historic pilgrimage to Mecca.

Before + After Visit Lessons

Introduction To Archaeology

This presentation and activities are designed to prepare classes for a visit to Colchester Castle, enhancing their understanding of archaeology through interactive activities that mimic real archaeological work.

Bronze Age

This presentation and activities provide a detailed guide through Essex’s Bronze Age, highlighting its advanced metalworking, significant archaeological sites, and the era’s social and economic changes. They use objects found in Essex to engage students with this fascinating period of prehistory.

Fenwick Hoard

This package offers an engaging resource for educators to explore the history of Colchester. It details the Fenwick Hoard’s discovery and its significance in understanding Roman daily life, military fashion, and the aftermath of the Boudican Revolt.

Learning From Objects

This package encourages active, sensory-engaged learning through object handling, aiming to connect students with the past by relating historical artefacts to their own experiences and understanding, thereby fostering a deeper comprehension of history and archaeology.

Stone Age

This package offers an in-depth look at the Stone Age periods and highlights the technological advancements, lifestyle changes, and archaeological significance of various sites in Essex.

Museum From Home

Museum From Home Library

Are you searching for engaging activities? Explore diverse educational and entertaining options for all ages, drawing inspiration from Colchester and Ipswich’s collections encompassing art, nature, archaeology, and social history. Experience the museum from the comfort of your home!

Stay updated with new activities by following us on social media or checking out our online library.

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Dead Interesting

What did a Roman funeral look, sound, and smell like? And how can you tell just from a person’s remains?

We have partnered with FutureLearn and the University of Reading to bring you a FREE online archaeology course. Aimed at adults, this exciting new course is for anyone interested in history and archaeology, particularly Roman Britain. Participants can learn in their own time, at their own pace and on any device with an internet connection. The course is designed to last two weeks with a recommended study time of two hours per week.

The Siege Diaries

The Siege of Colchester lasted from 12th June to 28th August 1648. As part of the commemoration events across Colchester in 2023, we produced a series of short films documenting the life of one royalist soldier who found himself trapped within the town walls.

Collections Online

Our collection boasts over 200,000 records and encompasses a vast array of objects, documents, artefacts, and specimens. This includes a comprehensive Natural Science collection chronicling millions of years alongside an extensive array of Social History items, offering a rich tapestry of our shared heritage and natural history.

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