Join our museum curators to find out more about their jobs, what they enjoyed when they were children, and to hear some fascinating facts about ancient Egypt.

Classes: P3–5
Cost: £3 per pupil
Timings: 10:30 (60 mins) (check your booking for timings and arrive at the museum at least 15 minutes before the start of the event)
Dates available: Wed 27 Nov 2019, Mon 9 March, Tue 19 May 2020

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How should I prepare my pupils?

Your class will be sitting in rows, similar to a theatre, for this event. Please let us know on the day if you have any children that you'd like to sit at the end of a row.

We will ask before your visit for you to select one pupil per class to take part in a game at the front of our Auditorium, and one pupil per class to ask a question to our curators.

What will we do?

Our new ancient Egypt gallery contains amazing objects that have never been seen by visitors before. Who did they belong to? What can they tell us about the ancient Egyptians? Find out more as your class meet the experts working behind the scenes at the museum in this event in our Auditorium.

In November, pupils will meet Dr Dan Potter, in March and May, pupils will meet Dr Margaret Maitland. Both worked on the new ancient Egypt gallery and will reveal secrets behind some of the objects that pupils can see during their visit. Pupils will also hear about how Dan and Margaret came to work in museums, and what they were interested in when they were in Primary 3!

Classes will compete against museum staff in our ancient Egyptian picture quiz to win a prize. 


The event runs 10.30-11.30am. We ask that you arrive at the museum by 10.15am at the latest as seating will begin at 10.20am. We may have to start the event without your class if you are running late.

Due to the large numbers of pupils taking part in these events, your class will be allocated a timeslot for lunch and visiting the ancient Egypt gallery. The slots available are:

11:3012:00 lunch, 12:0013:00 ancient Egypt gallery visit

12:00–12:30 lunch, 12:3013:30 ancient Egypt gallery visit

11:3012:30 ancient Egypt gallery visit, 12:3013:00 lunch

Useful resources and activities

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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