National Poetry Day 2010: Ideas and teaching resources

By Rachel Hayward | 10 September 2010 | Updated: 21 September 2010
Showing a blue Regency interior room
© Geffrye Museum
If you want free, online resources on a home theme for National Poetry Day, October 7, 2010, then look no further because we’ve got some great stuff for you from the UK’s museums.

Many museums have online collections, so you have free access to home images to inspire your pupils with their ideas and writing on National Poetry Day. For example, images from the past, including World War II, can be used to compare and contrast with today's homelife.

The Geffrye Museum
If you've been lucky enough to visit the Geffrye Museum in London, you'll know just how its rooms give pupils a wonderful insight into our changing homes through the centuries. Take a closer look with the Geffrye Museum's online panoramic views of its period rooms. This is a useful resource for comparing houses past and present and thinking about what makes a house a home.

My Learning – free resources
My Learning is a website with free resources from museums, libraries and archives in Yorkshire and the North West. We found these images of World War Two shelters.

Try Culture Grid – collecting together collections
Culture Grid, from the Collections Trust, is another useful way to access different museum and archive online collections in one go.

Take this image from the Jewish Museum which could be used a starting point for discussion on whether home life has changed over the years or why not try this search results page for suitable images for discussion and writing prompts?

There is also film and audio on Culture Grid, including a London Transport Museum recording of Margaret Clark remembering when her home was bombed in WWII.

Free games on a home theme from the UK's museums
There are home related games and activities on the Geffrye Museum's website in its Kids Zone.

Show Me
Our free and safe kids’ site Show Me has more free museum games on a home theme for you, such as Enchanted Palace from Historic Royal Palaces, where players take a magical journey through time at Kensington Palace.
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