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Natural history of Ancient Egypt

This session is led by an experienced member of the museum’s education team. It explores the way the natural world influenced the daily lives of the ancient Egyptians. It begins with a basic introduction to the ancient world investigating some of the habitats, animals, plants and rocks found in ancient Egypt.

school children looking at mummified animals

© Pete Carr

Key facts

  • Suitable for: Key Stage 2
  • Subjects: English, Geography, History, Science, Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural
  • Session type: Museum led
  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • Class size(maximum): 30
  • Venue: World Museum
  • £70 including VAT per session
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Workshop details

Pupils are encouraged to look at the Egyptians’ relationship to the natural world through their gods and myths and in the practical way they used natural resources, and farmed, fished and hunted. Real museum specimens, such as a snake skin, crocodile skull, peregrine falcon, scorpions, and scarab beetles provide a unique insight into the daily life of ordinary citizens in this fascinating civilisation. Pupils are encouraged to participate in an interactive game where they dress up as indigenous animals to learn about the dangers of living along the River Nile.

Pupils then have the opportunity to examine some of the plants that were important in the life of the ancient Egyptians, including wheat, barley, papyrus and flax. Finally, there is a chance to study some of the rocks and minerals used in building and decoration; for example, granite for sarcophaguses, limestone for the pyramids and gold in jewellery.

Using items from the museum’s handling collections; this session offers a unique learning experience that cannot be offered in the school classroom.

Please arrive on time for your workshop or we may not be able to run it for you. Please share these notes with your adult helpers before your visit. This will help them to support your pupils have a successful and enjoyable day.

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