Anglo Saxons & Vikings – Object Handling Session

Investigate the tumultuous times of the Anglo Saxons and Vikings by examining artefacts found locally and used in everyday life during this fascinating period. We offer a range of teacher led object handling or creative activities. Key stage 2 and 3, intermediate and advanced ESOL students.

  • Selection of Anglo Saxon and Viking object handling objects.

Being Archaeologists; object handling sessions

These sessions are briefly introduced by a member of museum staff who will provide you with all the resources you need to lead your class through your choice of a range of available activities. Teacher notes are provided and will be sent to you prior to your visit.

On arrival please introduce yourselves at our main visitor information desk and then make your way upstairs to our Explorers and Collectors Room. Your students will need to split into groups and each group will investigate a small number of artefacts and replicas from Anglo Saxon Canterbury.  Some of these objects are very old and may be a little fragile so a member of your staff or accompanying adult must work with each group to ensure your pupils are supervised at all times.

There is a selection of activities to choose from to use with the handling objects. Each lasts for 45 minutes and can be used individually or you might combine a few for a longer museum visit.

Investigate and Identify

Your pupils will work through a series of questions which will help them to investigate the objects in the handling trays, noting key characteristics and recording details on an Archaeologists Record Sheet which will enable them to identify the objects. Full teacher notes are provided and depending on the age and ability of your students you may choose to let them work independently through each one or perhaps you will guide them through the activity step by step.

Each object handling box comes with a description of its contents with age, material and any other known information. You can use these to help your students. Not all the boxes have the same contents.

KS1/Beginner ESOL students, KS2/KS3 /intermediate/advanced ESOL students. Please specify when booking as different activity sheets are available for different levels.

A creative activity

Make a golden, fire breathing dragon inspired by one of the most beautiful objects in our collection, an Anglo Saxon dragon brooch. Your pupils will be provided with a creative pack containing instructions and all the materials needed to make a historically inspired art-y-fact! Cost is £1 per pupil. Suitable for KS1 – 2 and intermediate ESOL students

KS1/KS2/KS3/beginner/intermediate/advanced ESOL students. Please specify when booking.


Each object handling session is £40 for up to 25 pupils. An additional charge of £1 per pupil is made for over this number. This cost includes handling objects. Creative activities may be added for £1 each or £1.50 if not used as part of a handling session.


Trays can be booked at the following times and can be used with more than one activity. One time slot per activity:

10:15 – 11:00

11:10 – 11:55

12:05 – 12:50

13:00 – 13:45

13:55 – 14:40

14:50 – 15:35

15:45 – 16:30

Artefacts in exhibition case The Beaney Museum

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