Classes can discover more about life and death in ancient Egypt by booking our handling box. The box is split into four themes: Life, Mummification, Afterlife and Egyptology.

Classes: P1–S6
Cost: £25 per class/timeslot – each timeslot can take 33 pupils max.
Timings: 10:30/11:45/13:00 (60 mins) (check your booking for timings and arrive at the museum at least 15 minutes before the start of your session)
Dates available: Throughout the year

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How should I prepare my pupils?

Split your class into four groups. Objects will be laid out on tables for your arrival, grouped across the four themes: Life, Mummification, Afterlife and Egyptology.

Download the notes accompanying the box here. Printed copies of these will be provided on the table next to the objects during your session. If you would like pupils to write/draw during the handling session, please remember to bring these with you and that only pencils can be used.

What will we do?

A unique experience for your class to handle real ancient Egyptian objects, alongside replicas to bring to life the smells, sights and sounds of daily life. This session is introduced by a Museum Enabler, then involves teachers and adult helpers leading the hands-on learning. Your 60 minutes will be as follows:

10 minutes: Meet Museum Enabler at the schools' meeting point and travel with them to use the handling box. The Enabler will introduce the box to you and your class.

45 minutes: Teacher leads the session. We will display some example questions for you to use, but it is up to you how you use this time. We suggest you move pupils around each of the four themes of objects.

5 minutes: Tidy up tables, ensuring all notes are returned to the correct tables. The Enabler will return to check if you have any questions and to help with the reset.

A visit to our new ancient Egyptian gallery will be included in your itinerary for the day. Please check your confirmation email for details of this.

Useful resources and activities

Schools visiting the gallery can use our trail sheet to discover more which will be led by our character, Hedjet the Hippo. Please remember to print and bring pencils with you.

Download Hedjet's  Ancient Egyptian trail

Download Teachers' Notes

Curriculum links





As I listen and talk in different situations, I am learning to take turns and am developing my awareness of when to talk and when to listen.

LIT 0-02a / ENG 0-03a

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


As I listen and take part in conversations and discussions, I discover new words and phrases which I use to help me express my ideas, thoughts and feelings.

LIT 0-10a

I can communicate clearly when engaging with others within and beyond my place of learning, using selected resources3 as required.

LIT 1-10a


Social studies

I have explored how people lived in the past and have used imaginative play to show how their lives were different from my own and the people around me.

SOC 0-04a

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


By exploring a natural environment different from my own, I can discover how the physical features influence the variety of living things.

SOC 1-13b


 Expressive Arts

Inspired by a range of stimuli, I can express and communicate my ideas, thoughts and feelings through drama.

EXA 0-13a / EXA 1-13a

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