This tool allows pupils and teachers to develop an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. You can display anything from a text file to a movie.
The boxes can then be published on the web and shared with others. The project was inspired by the anti-slavery campaigner, Thomas Clarkson, who carried around a box of items (ranging from African produce to diagrams of transportation ships) to illustrate his arguments during his campaign.
We have two examples of museum boxes that have been developed in teaching abolition:
Was William Wilberforce the man who ended the slave trade? - This box looks at the contribution of other people involved in the abolition movement, to answer this question.
Thomas Clarkson box - A virtual tour of the contents - This box includes photographs of some of the original items in the Clarkson Box along with interviews with experts explaining why Clarkson selected them and how they were useful in backing up his arguments.
To make your own Museum Box