Bringing The Ancient Egyptians to Life: Death on the Nile
Site: City Museum
This workshop is led by museums staff.
Pupils will address the question 'how do we know about the Ancient Egyptians?' by looking at some of the things that were left behind and are now on display including a mummy, a coffin, prosthetic limbs, canopic jars, amulets, shabti and jewellery.
- Look at Ancient Egyptian objects at Leeds City Museum
- To learn about the life and death of the mummy Nesyamun
- Look at amulets and make a small amulet
- Make a funery mask
- Practice embalming on Suny the Ancient Egyptian doll
This workshop examines the importance of beliefs about death and the afterlife to the Ancient Egyptians.
After a brief introduction to the topic, during which time the workshop facilitator will ascertain how much knowledge the children have, the key question will be set: How do we know so much about the ancient Egyptians?
We will go to the Ancient Worlds gallery to find some answers to this question.
In the gallery the Learning Facilitator will give a short talk about the mummy to the class in groups of 10 children. Whilst the children are waiting to see the mummy they will be set a short exercise with a worksheet (clipboards and pencils provided for this activity) to find the items that a mummy would have been buried with.
Back in the Learning Space, still in three groups the children will look in detail at three ways that we know about the Egypt - amulets, funery masks and embalming. Each group should get a chance to do each activity - making a funery mask; making an amulet and helping to embalm an Egyptian doll.
The embalming activity will be led by the Learning Facilitator. The adults with the group will follow the instruction cards on the table for the other two activities.
For more information, contact the Learning & Access Officer.
History: Chronological Understanding 1a,b; Knowledge & Understanding of Events, people and changes: 2a,b,c,d. Historical Enquiry:4a,b, Organisation & Communication 5 a,b,c.
Cost: £55 per class.
Maximum numbers: Class of 30
Contact / Booking: • All led workshops will be delivered by a Learning and Access Officer or a Learning Facilitator. • Led workshops will be delivered in the Learning Space or the gallery. • If you are late for your led workshop we cannot guarantee we will be able to fit all of the workshop in. The Learning Facilitator will decide which sections to omit.