Institute of Archaeology


Handling History with Sarah Dhanjal - Part 2

15 June 2020

UCL Institute of Archaeology alumna Sarah Dhanjal has written a series of blogs for the UCL Public Engagement Unit about museum work that happens outside the public eye.

Sarah Dhanjal in action at a primary school (Image courtesy of UCL PEU)

Sarah Dhanjal was an undergraduate and graduate student at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, moving into a career working in engagement with many of London’s museums and collections.

In this series for the UCL Public Engagement Unit, Sarah highlights her experiences using different collections with primary school children. In her second blog post, she discusses how - following the inclusion of prehistory on the national curriculum (2013-14) - she developed and ran a workshop about the Stone Age, including using a handaxe from Walthamstow.

Sarah concludes as follows:

...it is possible to give children as young as 7 or 8 a hint of the complexity of prehistory. Our workshop supports the teaching of chronology, the use of evidence to ask and answer questions. It gives teachers and children the chance to handle objects from London that are thousands of years old. And they get to meet (and ask questions of) a real-life archaeologist!

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