Debate Heritage

Ages students: 14-17 years

Proposed theme: the Leiden400 commemoration in Leiden in the global context.


Main question : Should we celebrate or commemorate the story of the Pilgrims (worldwide)?

Example statement:  We should not celebrate the story of the Pilgrims (worldwide), but commemorate it.

Apply object wise 

3 parts: Object Analysis / Object Interview / Object Research 

In the class:  

Object Analysis 

Generic questions for object analysis 

See questions for 10-14 years


Additional questions for VO substructure 

> Do you think the color of the object has any meaning?                                                  

> What texture does the object have? 

> Do you think the material is sustainable? 

> What details do you see? 

> And what do these details tell you about the object? 

> How old do you think the object is? 

> Could the object be used for symbol somewhere?  stand?                                                  

> How does the object smell? What does this tell you? 

> Is the object symmetrical? Or just asymmetrical? What could be the reason for that? 

> Is the object a traditional object?  If so, for whom?

> Do we have anything in our time that resembles this object? (same shape, appearance or just the same function)  


(* If you want to bring some creativity into the object analysis, it is nice to have the students make a drawing of the object in a larger whole that it could be part of or the object in the environment it could come from; let the imagination run wild, there is no right or wrong); The disclosure follows at the end of the analysis. )  


Context questions: 

Who could have used the object? 

When would the object have been used? 

Why would the object ever have been invented? 

Has the object (had) a social function?  

Object interview 

In the museum 

How do you feel now that you are here in the museum? 

How does it feel when people look at you? 

Do people recognize you when they look at you? Do they know what you are? 

What does your environment look like? 

How does it feel to be this object?

Are you important to the people?

For which people?

How do you communicate with the people around you?

Can you tell us something about these people?

You probably overhear some conversations. What are people talking about?

What makes you special as an object?

How do people react to you when they see you? Are they happy, angry, sad...?

Can you tell us about the person who made you? What kind of person was/is that?

Do you have a social, religious, political or societal significance?

What role do you play in the entire exhibition? Are you the main object, a connector, an actor (provoke you to action) or reactor (do you provoke reactions? or...?

Ask your own question to the object: what would you like to know?