Introduction to object based learning

UCL Museums and Collections offers a wide range of high quality museum collections, digital resources and innovative ideas for teaching in the University.

For guidance and support on how to make use of UCL's diverse museum collections in your undergraduate and postgraduate teaching please contact the Teaching Fellow in Object Based Learning: Leonie Hannan at

Benefits of using real objects in learning

  • They provide a direct link with a topic or ‘the past’ and can really enhance young people’s interest in and understanding of a topic/subject.
  • They encourage young people to use all their senses – especially touch, sight and smell.
  • They help to develop the important skill of drawing conclusions based on an examination of evidence, together with an understanding of the limitations and reliability of evidence.
  • They are ideal for generating group and class discussion.
  • They promote the value of museums and encourage young people to visit museums and galleries with their families to further their learning.