Object Dialogue Box at Harewood House

How is it used inside the house?

The Object Dialogue Box can be used alongside the resources available in the superb setting of Harewood House to allow pupils to explore curriculum related topics. In particular, topics such as slavery or surrealism can be investigated by using the objects as a way in to discussing a difficult subject.

 

Many of the objects when discussed can be found to link to slavery and can be explored in the context of the history of Harewood House. Examples of those that provide a starting point to this topic are the cross-section of a ship, the pie attached to a propeller (both pictured right) and the tin tea caddy.

 

The pie/propellor refers to the well known saying 'pie in the sky', which derives from a song called 'The Preacher and the Slave'. This was written by a famous labour organiser named Joe Hill, who was extremely critical of the clergy's treatment of the slaves. The song accuses the clergy of making false promises of a better life in heaven while people starved on earth. The lyrics of the song went:  'Work and pray, live on hay. You'll get pie in the sky when you die. That's a lie!'

 

The varying connotations of the objects allow different perspectives, and engaging methods of teaching these subjects.




 
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