Minerva goes to the top of the class.

The Roman Temple at Bath is included in a new learning resource developed by the British Museum to support the revised National Curriculum for History.

Temple Pediment at Roman Baths. Photographer Freia Turland m:07875514528 e:info@ftphotography.co.uk
Temple Pediment at Roman Baths.
Photographer Freia Turland e:info@ftphotography.co.uk

The web-based resource has been developed with support from 35 museums, of which the Bath & North East Somerset Council-run Roman Baths is one.

It takes pre-eminent objects from Britain and overseas that can be seen in UK museums and uses them to illustrate great events and people from Britain’s past.

The new resource has been developed as a follow on from the successful ‘A history of the World in 100 objects’ programme, presented by British Museum Director Neil MacGregor on BBC Radio 4 in 2010.

Cllr Ben Stevens, Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet member for Sustainable Development (LibDem, Widcombe) said: “Around 100,000 school children of all ages visit the Roman Baths each year with around 12,000 having dedicated teaching sessions delivered on site by staff. It’s excellent that the Roman Baths, and specifically the Roman Temple, are going to be part of this important new learning resource.”

Research has shown that the object-based learning in which museums specialise is a highly effective way of delivering education programmes with improved understanding and retention of information by pupils.

Objects like the Roman Temple from Bath, Guy Fawkes Lantern and a Fire Bucket from the Great Fire of London are just some of the wonderfully evocative objects on the website that bring people into direct and personal contact with the great events, people and stories that have formed and define our national heritage.

The website address is http://www.teachinghistory100.org