Object of the month: School supplies

Monthly Artifacts

School Supplies

At the beginning of the school year, we found it fitting to display a collection of school supplies belonging to the museum. The objects are of varying age and origin; some have been in use at the school on Årøya, others at Elvebakken or other places in Alta. 

Most of the objects will be familiar to many, such as the textbook, the pencil case and the abacus. The collection contains rarer objects as well, such as the old protractor and an instructional compass. Of particular interest is perhaps the Faraday cage. This was used in science class to show how electricity is led around the cage, protecting its contents.

Written by Lena Karlstrøm, curator