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.
This is available as a museum-teacher led, on-site or online 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
- scheduled for 30, 45 or 60 minutes depending on your preference
- led by a museum teacher and involves close-looking at objects and games
- similar content to our onsite session
Studio session, optional on site extra
- An optional extra available on some dates throughout the term
- Sliding scale of charges based on your school type
- one hour session in our studio, supported by our studio assistants
- 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 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
Watch our tours of the museum here, specifically designed for schools coming to visit.
Starter activities (Look Think Do) focussing on ancient Egyptian objects in the collection
Wepwawetemhat’s coffin fragment
The Book of the Dead of Ramose
Short videos and images for your class exploring ancient Egyptian objects in the collection
Read an object: Ramesses III’s coffin
Life and Afterlife in ancient Egypt
Fact Sheets (pdfs with more information relating to our collection)
DIY: TEACHER NOTES
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
INTO ACTION: STUDENT ACTIVITIES
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.
To book an on site session, please book here, or to discuss your needs, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To book an online session, please fill out this google booking form and a colleague will get back to you. Online sessions are available in the afternoons only.
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.