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Educational Themes

SOAS possesses a remarkable variety of material spanning the cultures of Asia and Africa and their relationship with Europe over several centuries. The artefacts include manuscripts, rare books, paintings, wall-hangings, textiles, ceramics, sculptures, maps, photographs and documents of historical interest. The objects have been collected over nearly a hundred years specifically for the purpose of instruction and education. The richness and breadth of the material offers a unique opportunity for pupils to study a concentrated body of primary resources that have relevance to studies across the curriculum, particularly at Key Stages 2 and 3.

The Brunei Gallery is implementing an education programme with dedicated resources aimed at schools during the exhibition, and welcomes applications from schools for group visits, either to use the resources independently, or to take part in a planned activity in consultation with the Education Officer at the gallery.

See the Educational Themes leaflet for some ideas.

There will be a free twilight INSET session for teachers on the 15th October 2007, 5.00 p.m. – 7.00 p.m. in the Brunei suite (ground floor of the Brunei Gallery)

This will include an overview of the exhibition and the educational focus themes, a workshop on book-making, and information about booking and planning gallery-based workshops for class groups. Comprehensive teacher’s packs will be available, and refreshments will be provided.

For further information or to book a place on the INSET or to arrange a class visit, please contact the Education Coordinator on 020 7898 4448 or e-mail ac93@soas.ac.uk