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West African culture and craft, key stage 1

Key facts

  • Suitable for: Key Stage 1
  • Subjects: Art and design, Citizenship, History
  • Session type: Museum led
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Class size (maximum): 30
  • Venue: International Slavery Museum
  • Free


A handling session using objects from the museum collection looking at traditional life in West Africa followed by a creative craft inspired by our gallery.

Further details

In this session, students will be able to get hands on with objects from our museum’s collection to explore what daily life was like in West African countries before the transatlantic slave trade began and find out more about West African cultures, art, music and daily life.

The session will also explore the importance of symbolism to many West African cultures and students will have the opportunity to explore the meanings behind symbols in West African art, draw symbolism in our Life in West Africa gallery and then create a striking African artwork inspired by our collections.

Curriculum links


  • To compare aspects of life in different cultures and periods of history


  • To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space