How do you decipher an ancient Egyptian object? What can they tell us about what life was like for ancient Egyptian people?

Look closely at coffins and items from peoples' tombs, as we examine people in ancient Egypt: from everyday lives to kings and queens. We'll think carefully about why we study ancient Egypt and what we could do better.

Format of the session

This is available as a museum-teacher led, on-site session. Sessions must be booked in advance.

Museum led on site session

  • scheduled for 2 hours
  • available for up to to two classes
  • one hour is taught, one hour is self-led, the groups then swap
  • self-led guidance will be available
  • you can access to our lunch room to store belongings and eat lunch
  • free

Studio session, optional on site extra

  • An optional extra available on some Fridays throughout the term
  • Sliding scale of charges based on your school type
  • one hour session in our studio, supported by our studio assistants
Aims of the session
  • To develop children’s ability to look closely at objects
  • To encourage children to make deductions based on what they observe
  • To introduce children to the use of symbolism in ancient culture
  • To enable children to feel connected to a range of different ancient Egyptians as real people
  • To encourage children to communicate with sincerity and consideration for different cultures
  • To reflect carefully on how we, in England and in museums, study ancient Egypt
Content of the session

Content of the museum led session:

  • Consider why and how the artefacts from ancient Egypt came to be in the museum
  • Read an object together
  • Search the galleries for artefacts you might use in the afterlife
  • Compare the lives of different people from different periods of ancient Egyptian history using information researchers have learned from their coffins

Content of the (optional) studio session:

  • Learn about how papyrus was made and used in ancient Egypt
  • Learn about how paints were made
  • Using papyrus and gouache paint, students will make their own papyrus painting to take back to school
Resources for use before or after your visit
Resources for use during your visit


We have created some suggestions for the part of your visit where you do not have a museum teacher. They are intended to be a springboard and are adaptable.

DIY – Ancient Egypt teacher notes


Our activities for students go well with the DIY teacher notes and are designed for students to use in the galleries. Please feel free to adapt them to your pupil’s needs.

Into Action – Ancient Egyptian

Optional Studio Session

Interested in our studio session? Your class will create some incredible works on papyrus after learning all about papyrus production in both ancient Egypt and Egypt now. Check out these works created by year 3 from Ashwell Primary School and Hampton Lakes Primary School!

Sessions are available on Fridays.

A student's papyrus painting of a scarab beetle.
A Scarab beetle
A student's papyrus painting of a sarcophagus, and the drawing they made of the object.
A sarcophagus
A student's papyrus painting of a Canopic jar, and the drawing she made of the jar.
A canopic jar
A student's papyrus painting of Anubis
A student's papyrus painting of a Scarab Beetle
Scarab beetle
A student's papyrus painting of the eye of Horus
The eye of Horus
A student's papyrus painting of a boat on the Nile.
A boat on the Nile
Bookings or questions

We are fully booked for Spring 2024. Summer term bookings can be requested by filling out this google form.

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Access and special educational needs

We are happy to discuss the content of the session and any other details that may be useful in helping your students make the most of their visit.

We have a bag of sensory and fidget toys available to borrow for sessions.

We can also print raised line drawings related to a session with a week or more’s notice, and may be able to arrange for a second museum teacher to attend the session who is trained in audio description.

We have travel bursaries available for schools who would otherwise not be able to visit. Information is available when booking.

We find it helpful to receive all feedback, but are especially keen to improve access to our sessions and offer. Please let us know if we can improve yours, or others’ sessions.