Discover how and why Egyptians created mummies, before working in groups to find out more about the people behind mummified figures. Pupils will handle real Egyptian objects, practice reading hieroglyphics and create their own archaeological log book.

This workshop is now fully booked for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year. This workshop is no longer available due to objects being conserved and programmes being updated and reviewed for the new gallery opening in early 2019.

How should I prepare my class for this workshop?

Please split your class into four groups and assign one adult per group. Maximum capacity 33 children.

What will my pupils do in the workshop?

Pupils will:

  • Through talking, listening and looking at images, discuss what Ancient Egyptians did when someone died
  • Find out about the role of an Egyptologist in researching mummies and tombs
  • In groups, handle real and replica Egyptian objects to discover more about the person behind mummified figures
  • Pupils will finish the workshop by reading hieroglyphics to discover who their figure was (Younger classes will be given extra assistance with this section)

Important information

Our Ancient Egypt gallery is currently closed as part of a major refurbishment project. The new gallery will open in early 2019 and will be supported by funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Our Ancient Egyptian trail (see below) provides an interactive guide to the Ancient Egyptian objects that remain on display until spring 2018. 

Follow up activities

Curriculum links 






When I engage with others, I know when and how to listen, when to talk, how much to say, when to ask questions and how to respond with respect.

LIT 1-02a

When I engage with others, I can respond in ways appropriate to my role, show that I value others’ contributions and use these to build on thinking.

LIT 2-02a


As I listen or watch, I am learning to make notes under given headings and use these to understand what I have listened to or watched and create new texts.

LIT 1-05a

As I listen or watch, I can make notes, organise these under suitable headings and use these to understand ideas and information and create new texts, using my own words as appropriate.

LIT 2-05a

Social Studies


I can compare aspects of people’s daily lives in the past with my own by using historical evidence or the experience of recreating an historical setting.

SOC 1-04a

I can compare and contrast a society in the past with my own and contribute to a discussion of the similarities and differences.

SOC 2-04a

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