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Discover ancient Egypt

This hands-on workshop offers pupils a unique opportunity to touch real objects from the ancient world. Using their powers of deduction, pupils will become junior museum archaeologists to discover what the objects reveal about the people who lived in ancient Egypt. 

school children holding Egyptian objects

© Pete Carr

Key facts

  • Suitable for: Key Stage 2
  • Subjects: English, History, Science, Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural
  • Session type: Museum led
  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • Class size(maximum): 30
  • Venue: World Museum
  • £90 including VAT per session
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Workshop details

During the workshop pupils will be able to touch artefacts such as amulets and statuettes of gods. Students will be able to imagine the person who carefully made them and think about why they were so important to the ancient Egyptian people over 3000 years ago. How have these artefacts survived for thousands of years?

After an introduction by a member of the museum staff, the group will be divided into four smaller groups to take on the role of archaeologists as they look at and handle the museum artefacts. We will explain the correct handling techniques as they are being allowed to touch ancient objects from our collections not modern replicas.  Four topics are looked at in this workshop:

  • Gods and their symbols - how to recognise some of the Egyptian gods.
  • Materials - what material the artefacts are made from and how they were used.
  • Mummification – what can be learned from an examination of a mummified cat and a mummy crocodile? How can archaeologists learn about them without damaging them by unwrapping them?
  • Egyptian writing - little pictures called hieroglyphs were used to write the sounds of their language. A different ancient Egyptian writing, on a piece of mummy bandage, will be examined.

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

We need adult help to ensure the pupils have the best possible experience and to ensure the safety of the artefacts. For this reason you must bring at least four adults for this session. If you don’t bring this ratio of adults we may still be able to run the session but it won’t unfortunately involve the same level of interactivity for the young people.

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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