Website brings eclectic group of cultural objects together to aid teaching

February 17 / 190

An item from the Teaching with Unique Objects collection (Figurine of horse and rider, 600-475 BCE from the Classics and Archaeology Collection)
An item from the Teaching with Unique Objects collection (Figurine of horse and rider, 600-475 BCE from the Classics and Archaeology Collection)

On a scholarship visit to the British Museum in 2015, Kerrianne Stone, a curator at the Baillieu Library’s print collection, came across the ‘Teaching History with 100 Objects’ project.

The sheer variety of objects, manuscripts and artworks on display in London and their interactive nature got her thinking on bringing together the University of Melbourne’s vast collections in a similar vein.

A year later, the Teaching with Unique Collections website has collated six collections from across the University, including prints, music, rare books and archives alongside items from the Ian Potter Museum of Art, to provide a rich landscape of material that aids teaching and learning. Additions from the map collection is currently in the works.

Special object files were developed for each piece that is catalogued on the website, making it easy for people to find more information about the objects and contact parent organisations for further help.

Primarily targeted towards academics and students at the University of Melbourne, the website is available to the public and, according to Ms Stone, has generated a positive response.

“It is showing what incredible collections we have at the University and their potential to be used as teaching and learning tools,” she says.

“Students are able to access them digitally and have a glimpse of the objects which they may also view first hand during their classes. Having these experiences with objects evokes a greater understanding of a variety of subjects.”

This project is supported by the Melbourne Engagement Grants

Story by Eisha Gupta

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